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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 Australian Yamaha Keyboard Award for Queensland in 1998, 1999, the Yamaha Most Outstanding Performer of the year in 2000, and the Queensland Arts in Focus Piano Championship, he was accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he continued his studies for 4 years 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 and Dr. Marilyn Meier.

Daniel gives masterclasses, adjudicates, and examines for various piano scholarships and competitions 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 ('Messiaen as Audition Piece: A Performer's Analysis of the Rondeau for Piano' - Johnson, 2008) and has been invited each year since 2009 to present research and perform at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.


After 15 years of dedicated research on Miriam Hyde, Daniel is currently recording the complete piano works which will cover ten CD's of her piano music. Daniel's research on Hyde has resulted in over 100 recordings on the YouTube platform with over 10k views, various discoveries in the form of handwritten notes to teachers, sheetmusic analysis, anecdotal documentation, and the introduction of more of her works on the new AMEB syllabus. 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 2020-21 he gives world premiere performances of works by Australian composer Anthony Moles, including a newly commissioned piece.


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. When not at the piano he is an active researcher and dedicated collector of piano repertoire. As such, he was a repertoire consultant for the AMEB's new classical piano syllabus grades 5 to Certificate of Performance. Daniel believes 'those who can, teach' and is dedicated to the training and mentorship of piano teachers, especially in the areas of digital teaching (Skype). Having spent the last 10 years in rural eduation, much of his current research concerns the issues affecting teachers and students in isolated areas of Australia and how they translate the principles of music professional practice into distance education frameworks. A performer, first and foremost, his passion is at the piano where he believes anyone can make music and enjoy it. His current and past students have achieved success in eisteddfods, have achieved high marks in national piano exams, and have graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium and Sydney Conservatorium of music. Daniel is an active recitalist with a focus on touring outback Australia and isolated areas. He is currently completing a Master of Music degree majoring in Piano Performance under Professor Max Olding at the University of Queensland.