Biography of Daniel Johnson
Pianist, Daniel Johnson, has been described by Yamaha Australia as "masterful and insightful", and his Chopin described as "stunning" and "a true pianist" by the late, internationally renowned concert pianist, Dr. Marilyn Meier. Born and raised in Mount Isa, Daniel began piano lessons locally with Pam Breen. After winning the Yamaha Keyboard Award for Queensland and the Yamaha Most Outstanding Performer of the year in 2000, he commenced studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Oleg Stepanov and Dr. Diane Selmon. He then pursued further studies at the School of Creative Arts, University of Southern Queensland with concert pianists Wendy Lorenz, Renate Turini, Dr. Marilyn Meier, and at the conclusion of his degree with Helen Smith.
Daniel gives masterclasses, adjudicates, and examines for various piano competitions and eisteddfods across Australia. He has broadcast live recitals for the MBS network as part of the City Hall Recital Series in Brisbane and the New Sounds Recital Series at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. He has presented research papers for international conferences such as the Inaugural Messiaen International Conference and has been invited each year since 2009 to present research and perform at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. He has served as the Vice President, President, and official accompanist of the Mount Isa Eisteddfod.
For the last 15 years, Daniel has focused most of his academic research on Australian pianist and composer Miriam Hyde. This has resulted in over 100 recordings on the YouTube platform, a commercial recording, various discoveries in the form of handwritten notes to teachers, sheet music analysis, anecdotal documentation from examiners, and the introduction of more of her works on the new AMEB syllabus. He has piano works dedicated to him by Australian composer, Phillip Wilcher (Pirouettes, 5 Nocturnes for Left Hand Alone), and has given world premieres of piano works composed for him by American composer, Forrest Starling (Nocturne for Piano). In 2021 he gives premiere performances of works by Australian composer Anthony Moles. A fierce advocate for Australian composers, Daniel is dedicated to the performance and pedagogical discussion surrounding Australian piano music. His blog Playing the Australians launches in April 2021. The blog is designed as an educational resource to encourage more interest in the rich and vast library of classical piano music by Australian composers.
Daniel holds Examination, Performance and Post-Graduate diplomas from the Australian Music Examinations Board, the Associated Board/Royal Schools of Music, London, Trinity College, London, the University of Southern Queensland School of Creative Arts, and Griffith University. He holds a Master of Music majoring in piano performance with Distinction from the University of Queensland, where he is also continuing as a PhD candidate researching and performing the works of Miriam Hyde and Sergei Rachmaninoff
When not at the piano he is an active researcher and dedicated collector of piano repertoire. He is a piano examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and was a repertoire consultant for the AMEB's new classical piano syllabus. As well as running a busy private studio, Daniel is a senior piano teacher and theory teacher (beginner to advanced) at the IKMS School in Kenmore.