Canadian pianist, Penny Johnson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. As the recipient of the Helen Cohn Award, given to an outstanding doctoral student, Penny also holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degree with High Distinction 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 The Great Pianists: Stories, Music & More, Piano Listening For Kids and the adult spin-off, New Adventures in Piano Listening, Penny is passionate about bringing unique and insightful experiences to lovers of piano music. Her audiobook podcast, From Stage to Page, is devoted to the forgotten stories and memoirs of female performing artists from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Penny is also the creator of Glenn Gould 905: A Triple Birthday Multi-Media Celebration for The Chamber Music Society of Mississauga.
In addition to her private teaching, Penny is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator, having adjudicated numerous festivals, including the Peel Music Festival and Beckettfest at Laurier. A former member of the College of Examiners for The Royal Conservatory, her workshop, From the Pianist’s Toolbox: Techniques for Effectively Practicing the Music of J. S. Bach has been presented at various branches of ORMTA and at Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto where, from 2014-16, she served as a sales representative and teacher liaison. Penny has also worked at the historic Steinway Hall in New York City.
Currently, Penny is at work on a book about her teacher, the American concert pianist, Constance Keene. In addition to her Glenn Gould blog, Further North, Penny’s articles have been published by Canadian Musician magazine and The Glenn Gould Foundation. Penny also serves as the Vice President of The Chamber Music Society of Mississauga. Penny resides in St. Catharines, Ontario. pennyjohnsonpiano.com