Canadian pianist, Penny Johnson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music as well as Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music.
Best known for her performances of the music of J. S. Bach, Penny is a frequent soloist at concert series around the GTA. A semi-finalist at the 8th International J. S. Bach Piano Competition in Würzburg, Germany, Penny has participated in residencies at The Banff Centre and is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has published online, an edition of the composer’s Two-Part Inventions arranged for inverted voices, as well as the ending that she composed for the unfinished final movement of Art of Fugue. In 2016, Penny released a recording of the complete Inventions and Sinfonias.
As the creator of Piano Listening For Kids and the adult spin-off entitled, New Adventures in Piano Listening,Penny is passionate about bringing unique and insightful experiences to lovers of piano music. Ever popular with audiences, The Great Pianists: Stories, Music & More continues to be presented at public libraries throughout the GTA and beyond. Penny is also the creator of Glenn Gould 905: A Triple Birthday Multi-Media Celebration for The Chamber Music Society of Mississauga (CMSM).
In addition to her private teaching, Penny is in demand as an adjudicator, having recently adjudicated the Peel Music Festival, Beckettfest at Laurier and for ORMTA. Her workshop, From the Pianist’s Toolbox: Techniques for Effectively Practicing the Music of J. S. Bach has been presented at Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto and for various branches of ORMTA.
Currently, Penny is at work on a book about her teacher, the American concert pianist, Constance Keene. Penny also maintains a blog devoted to Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould and is a member of the board of directors for CMSM.
For more info, please visit www.pennyjohnsonpiano.com.