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Young Audience Concert Series: Pianist Christopher Johnson “A Real Rock ‘n Roller”
July 14, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
American concert pianist Christopher Johnson has appeared extensively in recital, on radio and TV, as soloist with orchestras, and in chamber ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Europe. In summer of 2016 he returned for a solo recital at the Fine Arts Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, three appearances at the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Maine, and his debut with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta, performing the complete Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, with Paul Hostetter, Conductor, and Julie Jordan, Founder and Artistic Director, on June 4, 2016.
In New York City, Christopher Johnson made his solo recital début at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, followed by eight performances with the One World Symphony performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. He additionally soloed with dozens of other symphony orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Greater Trenton Symphony, the Westfield Symphony, and the Plainfield Symphony (with whom he has performed over 10 different piano concerti as
artist-in-residence from 1999-2007).
Winning high critical acclaim, Christopher Johnson has given 18 annual solo recitals at the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Maine and has made his 10th appearance at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum. He performed the Horowitz/Sousa “Stars and Stripes Forever” in Washington D.C. (Lincoln Memorial) at the 2001 Presidential All-Star Gala for President George W. Bush, and in 2008, Alfred Music Publishing internationally released his book, “Popular Performer: Broadway,” which comprises piano arrangements of Broadway shows.
Born in New Jersey, Christopher Johnson received piano instruction from Paul DiDario in New Jersey, and Angela Baptiste in Florida. He later received his BM in 1996 from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Abbey Simon and assisted David Dubal. Pursuing further studies with Byron Janis and Marc Silverman at the Manhattan School of Music, he received his MM in 1998 and DMA in 2003. Dr. Johnson has served on the piano faculty of the United