Cofounder and COO, John Mietus is an 19 year old double bassist who is currently studying at the University of Southern California with David Allen Moore. Past teachers include Henry Peyrebrune, Paul Ellison, Nicholas Walker, Tracy Rowell, Dominick Fiore, Francois Rabbath, and the late Anthony Bianco.
He has won several competitions including 1st and 2nd place in the Sigma Alpha Iota string competition, 3rd place in the International Society of Bassists Young Artist’s Competition, 1st place in the International Music Festival Concerto Competition, 1st place in the Cleveland Philharmonic Concerto Competition, 1st place in the Akron Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, 2nd place in the American String Teachers Association Solo Competition, and 2nd place in the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, among others. He has also been a featured performer on “From The Top”.
John has performed with orchestras and organizations such as the Chagrin Valley Studio Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic, Ohio Music Educator’s Association All-State Orchestra, Akron Youth Philharmonic, Akron Youth Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Orchestra.
Committed to the advancement of young musicians, John is a volunteer with the El Sistema strings program, Rainey Institute of Music, Community Outreach of Devoted Artists, and the Thornton Outreach Program, helping young artists learn and achieve through music. He also enjoys performing bass and piano with his sister at weddings, senior residences, hospitals and a variety of community events.
John has performed as a featured soloist with the International Music Festival Orchestra, the Ohio Music Educator’s National Conference, the Thornton Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Youth Symphony, the Cleveland Philharmonic, the Shaker Heights High School Orchestra, and the Concerto Chamber Orchestra.
At the end of it all, John just wants to make a difference.