Praised for his sensitivity and artistic integrity, twenty-two-year-old Carter Johnson has established a reputation as one of Canada’s most promising young pianists.
In 2018, Johnson won the top prize in two of Canada’s most important competitions, winning both Grand Prize in the Concours OSM Manuvie as well as First Prize (along with the prize for the best performance of the test piece) in the CMC Stepping Stone competition. He has performed with orchestras including l’Orchestre Métropolitain, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Northern New York, and his playing has been broadcasted by Medici TV and Radio-Canada. In January of 2019 he will be performing Prokofiev’s third concerto with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under conductor David Robertson. Johnson’s extensive competition experience also includes competitions such as in the Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition (Guangdong, China), the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (South Carolina, USA), the International J.S. Bach Competition (Leipzig, Germany) and the Julia Crane International Piano Competition (New York, USA), where he won second prize at the age of 16. Johnson’s other competition prize winnings include second prize in the ensemble round of the New York International Piano Competition, first place in the Art Song Competition of Vancouver (with Marie Civitarese, soprano), Second Place (along with the Baroque and chamber music prizes) in the CFMTA National Piano Competition (Regina) at age 14, the award for the best interpretation of the imposed work at the 2015 Concours OSM Manuvie (Montréal), third prize in the Shean Piano Competition (Edmonton), and many awards at Performing Arts B.C., including First Prize in all four Canadian divisions.
Ludwig van Montréal
In addition to an ARCT in Piano Performance with Distinction, Johnson also holds an ARCT in Piano Pedagogy, for which he won the national gold medal for the highest mark in Canada at the age of 18.
He began piano at age five with Shelley Roberts, with whom he studied for twelve years, and he now studies with Mark Anderson in Vancouver. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of British Columbia, where he also studied with Anderson. His areas of special interest include the music of J.S. Bach, German romanticism, chamber music, and art song (he recently performed the complete songs of Duparc). His secondary instruments are the oboe, voice, and harpsichord, the latter two of which he has studied at UBC. In addition to his musical career, Johnson is an accomplished actor and speaker: he holds his ATCL with Distinction in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London and has won many awards for his performances of Shakespeare. He currently lives with his wife Hannah and their son Preston in Vancouver where he is active as a soloist, teacher, and collaborator.
January 16, 2019
Maison Symphonique de Montréal
PROKOFIEV, concerto no. 3
with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
February 16, 2019
Port Theatre, Nanaimo, Canada
SCHUMANN, concerto in A minor
with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra
April 17, 2019
Highlands United Church, Vancouver
Piano Quartets by Mozart, Mahler, and Fauré
with the Vancouver Chamber Music Society