John Bennett has been a violinist with the Spokane Symphony since 1977, is a string coach for the Young Musician's Enrichment Program in Spokane's District 81 schools, and teaches privately.
John has worked as a studio musician for television, film scores, and recordings. For the past ten years, he has been the Assistant Concertmaster for the Marina del Rey Music Festival. Additional California ensembles he has played with include the Peninsula Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the Southwest Music Festival, the Glendale Symphony, the Jofrey Ballet, the Los Angeles Opera, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony.
He was born in New York City, and after moving to LA with his parents, began violin study at age eight with his grandfather, Hedley Bennett, a violinist and band master of the Camberley Branch of the British Legion Band. He continued study with Manuel Compinsky, who was renowned in classical circles as a teacher, conductor and film score composer, while at California State University, Northridge, where John later attended college. During his free time, John enjoys fishing on regional lakes for rainbow trout and salmon from his boat, "Hedley's Bow," gardening, mountain biking, and playing billiards.