Violist John Batchelder has captivated audiences across North and South America as a passionate chamber musician and soloist. He has performed as soloist with numerous ensembles such as the Hemenway Strings, Worcester Bach Consort and Plano High Symphony Orchestra, as well as participated in various summer festivals and masterclasses, such as The McGill International String Quartet Academy, the Banff Centre Masterclasses, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, the Meadowmount School of Music, The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and the Music from Salem Viola Seminar in Salem NY. As a member of the award winning Julius Quartet, John has performed in venerated venues such as Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, Moss Arts Center, Rockport Music, and the Isabella Gardner Museum. In 2011, John was a winner of the Davis Projects for Peace Grant for his program designed to help, encourage and teach music to the young children of the favelas of Natal, Brazil. John is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory where he studied with Lila Brown, and of the John J. Cali School of Music Graduate String Quartet in Residence program where he studied with Honggang Li of the celebrated Shanghai Quartet. Furthermore, he previously served as Artistic Coordinator at the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (NAHYP) award winning organization Project STEP; a nonprofit, music education program.