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 Renate Turini, Dr. Marilyn Meier, and at the conclusion of his degree with Helen Smith. 

Daniel gives masterclasses, adjudicates, and examines for various piano scholarships and competitions across Australia. He has radio broadcast live recitals 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 conferences such as the Inaugural Messiaen International Conference ('Messiaen as Audition Piece: A Performer's Analysis of the Rondeau for Piano' - Johnson, 2008) and has been invited to present research and perform at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. 


Most of Daniel’s current research is the culmination of 15 years of dedicated performances and recordings of the piano music of Miriam Hyde. Daniel's research on Hyde has resulted in over 100 recordings on the YouTube platform and over 30 premiers in recitals across Australia of previously unheard, unpublished works. He has piano works dedicated to him by renowned 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 world premiere performances of works by Australian composer Anthony Moles, including a newly commissioned piece. 


Daniel holds Examination, Performance and Post-Graduate awards from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMUSA), the Associated Board/Royal Schools of Music (dipRSM), London, Trinity College, London (Perf.Diplom), the University of Southern Queensland School of Creative Arts, and Griffith University (BMUS – Perf. Dist.). When not at the piano he is an active researcher and dedicated collector of piano repertoire. As such, he was one of the many people asked to be a repertoire consultant for the AMEB's new classical piano syllabus grades 5 to Certificate of Performance. His passion remains the collection of rare and previously unheard repertoire and, as such, houses a considerably large sheet music library, sourced from all over the world (which continues to grow!). He shares his teaching time between a full studio in the Springfield area, online teaching for rural students, and the IKMS School, Kenmore. He is currently completing a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance under Professor Max Olding at the University of Queensland.

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