Adam Johson

conductor

“Johnson has a graceful, regal way with the baton – he made it clear that the next generation is prepared to deliver great music with warmth and passion.”

— The Star Phoenix

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Biography

Thrilling audiences at the top levels of the Canadian music  scene, award-winning Canadian conductor Adam Johnson has been praised as “an exciting talent” and for his “charismatic, commanding presence” on the podium. A highly-sought leader, he completed his training in his role as Assistant Conductor of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra from 2016-2018, and was appointed Resident Conductor for the 2018-2019 season. He collaborated closely with Music Director Kent Nagano on recordings for Decca and Analekta, and contributed to performances in Carnegie Hall, the Salzburg Festival, and a major European tour. He has conducted more than 65 concerts with the OSM and is frequently reengaged as a guest conductor.

Prior to his tenure in Montréal, Johnson served for three seasons with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, initially as Resident Conductor (2013-2015), and subsequently as Associate Conductor (2015-2016).  He has also guest-conducted the Edmonton, Québec, Trois-Rivières, Saskatoon, Guelph and Thunder Bay symphony orchestras, as well as Symphony Nova Scotia. Internationally he has conducted the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and members of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchestre Hamburg.

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Praise

LE NOUVELLISTE 

“Holst demands just as much majesty as he demands reserve from the orchestra; nuances that Adam Johnson knew how to bring out in the musicians.” 

—  Francois Houde

November 2018

THE STAR PHOENIX

“Johnson has a graceful, regal way with the baton – he made it clear that the next generation is prepared to deliver great music with warmth and passion.” 

HALF MOON RUN

 

“Brilliant and elegant conducting.” 

—  September 2017

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