Born In Manhattan Beach, CA
Resides In Chicago, IL
John Heffernan is an innovative violinist, activist, and educator who strives to redefine classical music in the 21st Century. At the age of fifteen, he made his orchestral debut with the Beach Cities Symphony after being named winner of the Young Artist of the Future Competition. Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California, John Heffernan received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with William Preucil. After graduating from CIM, John moved to Chicago to study with the renowned pedagogue, Almita Vamos, at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. While pursuing his master’s degree in violin performance, John was a founding member and second violinist of the Yas Quartet. The diverse and inclusive string quartet had the opportunity to travel to China twice and won third prize at the Schoenfeld International String Competition in 2016. After graduating with his Master of Music Degree in May of 2018, John became a Fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Now in his second year as a Fellow with the Civic Orchestra, John Heffernan is excited to also join the West Michigan Symphony as their Interim Concertmaster after winning the position in May of 2019.