Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, violist John Stulz has gone on to live and study in Los Angeles and Boston. His artistic mentors include Donald McInnes, Kim Kashkashian, Garth Knox, Donald Crockett, and Midori. Guided by an artistic obsession with all sounds singular, John’s major performances include Luciano Berio’s daunting Chemins II with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project; West Coast premieres of works by Donald Crockett, Elliott Carter, and Krzysztof Meyer; as well as chamber music performances with Arnold Steinhardt, Joseph Silverstein, and Steven Mackey.

As a musical entrepreneur, John partnered with the conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni in 2008 to found the Los Angeles–based What’s Next? Ensemble. The group has since brought together more than 100 young musicians to perform the music of over 40 local composers under the auspices of their annual Los Angeles Composers Project. In addition to his viola career, John is an avid hiker, composer, and all-around enthusiast of radical aesthetics. As part of his Ensemble ACJW program, John teaches in Queens at PS 877 The 51 Avenue Academy.