Adam Johnson


Award-winning Canadian conductor Adam Johnson has been called “an exciting talent” and a “charismatic, commanding presence” on the podium. He recently completed his first season as Assistant Conductor of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, working closely with Music Director Kent Nagano and conducting more than 20 concerts in the 2016-2017 season.

Prior to beginning his tenure in Montréal, Johnson served for three seasons with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, first as Resident Conductor (2013-2015) and then Associate Conductor (2015-2016); he returned to the Calgary Philharmonic for main-series concerts with pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin in April 2017. He is a regular guest with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and has also appeared as guest conductor with the Saskatoon and Thunder Bay symphony orchestras.

In 2015, Johnson received the prestigious Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting from the Canada Council for the Arts. He holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Université de Montréal and a Prize in Orchestral Conducting from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, and has also studied conducting at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Pierre Monteux School in Maine.

As a piano soloist and chamber musician, he has performed widely across Canada, as well as in France and Japan. He has participated in master classes at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Orford Arts Centre, and Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary. Highly in demand as a pedagogue, he served on the piano faculties of the McGill Conservatory (2010-2013) and the Université de Québec à Montréal (2013). He has also taught harmony, analysis, and chamber music, and translated a major treatise on harmonic analysis from French to English.