Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson, Conductor-in-residence



After three seasons crowned with success at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was successively conductor in residence and associate conductor, since September 1, 2016, he has occupied the position of assistant conductor with the OSM.

Born in Hinton, Alberta, Adam Johnson holds a doctorate in (piano) performance from Université de Montréal and won a conducting prize at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.

A recipient of grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarships and the Fonds Les Amis de l’Art, in addition to merit awards from Université de Montréal, he also studied conducting at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and at the Pierre Monteux School in Maine. During the 2012-2013 season he acted as assistant conductor at the Orchestre philharmonique des musiciens de Montréal (OPMEM), and in 2014 began conducting ensembles across Canada. In 2015 Adam Johnson received the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in orchestra conducting from the Canada Council for the Arts.

As a pianist he has taken part in masterclasses at the Banff Centre, at the Orford Arts Centre and at Mount Royal University’s Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary. He has performed from coast to coast in Canada, as well as in France and in Japan. A sought-after teacher, he has taught at the McGill Conservatory and at Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as giving private instruction to numerous students.

A teacher of harmony, analysis and chamber music, he has translated into English an important French treatise on analysis.

He was a judge for the regional and provincial rounds of the Canadian Music Competition in Western Canada in 2016, and works regularly as a workshop facilitator with youth orchestras, wind sections and choirs.

In the fall of 2016, Dr. Johnson is launching an Internet course on designed to teach how to reach the highest summits of performance and conducting.