American concert pianist Christopher Johnson has appeared extensively in recital, on radio and TV, as soloist with orchestras, and in chamber ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Europe winning extraordinarily high critical acclaim.
In New York City, Christopher Johnson made his solo recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall followed by eight performances with the One World Symphony performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. He soloed with dozens of other symphony orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, the Garden State Philharmonic, the Greater Trenton Symphony, the Westfield Symphony, and the Plainfield Symphony (with whom he has performed over 10 different piano concerti as Artist-in-Residence from 1999-2007).
During the summer of 2017, Christopher toured New England comprising nine performances under the auspices of the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Maine, which included virtuoso and poetic Chopin, the complete unabridged Rachmaninoff Sonata No. 2, an exploration of Debussy and Twentieth-Century American, and three premieres of original works. Vadim Ghin Music meanwhile launched the YouTube release of his 2016 Debut with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, and Temmer Artist Management released his original “Rhapsody on America the Beautiful.”
During the summer of 2018, Christopher will make his solo recital debut at the renowned Bickford Theatre in New Jersey and return for his 3rd reengagement at the Fine Arts Museum of St. Petersburg in Florida. He will then return to the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum on Lake George for the 12th time to deliver a special solo recital featuring Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” commemorating the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice. The summer of 2018 will also see five additional solo recitals throughout Maine and a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor with the Bar Harbor Music Festival String Orchestra.
Christopher Johnson has performed 21 seasons with the Bar Harbor Music Festival totaling over 100 performances through their touring program. He has additionally given dozens of performances at the Pierre Monteux School in Maine from 1999-2018, which included 7 different piano concerti with their orchestra. He has made 11 appearances at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum and performed the Horowitz/Sousa "Stars and Stripes Forever" in Washington D.C. (Lincoln Memorial) at the 2001 Presidential All-Star Gala for President George W. Bush. In 2008, Alfred Music Publishing internationally released his book, “Popular Performer: Broadway,” which comprises advanced piano arrangements of Broadway shows.
Born in New Jersey, Christopher Johnson received early piano instruction from Paul DiDario. He later received his BM in 1996 from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Abbey Simon and assisted David Dubal. In 2017, Christopher was acknowledged and quoted in the newly published book, “Inner Voices: Abbey Simon with Garnet Ungar” — the life and career of living legend, Abbey Simon. Pursuing further studies with Byron Janis and Marc Silverman at the Manhattan School of Music, he received his MM in 1998 and his DMA in 2003. Dr. Johnson has served on the piano faculty of the United Nations International School for 3 years in New York City, and he has been teaching privately for the past 14 years hosting annual student recitals exclusively at Steinway Hall in New York City.