Canadian pianist and writer, Penny Johnson is best known for her performances of the music of J. S. Bach. Solo recitals have included the complete Inventions & Sinfonias, the Goldberg Variations and Art of Fugue, for which she composed an ending to the unfinished final movement. In 2013, she was a semi-finalist at the 8th International J. S. Bach Piano Competition in Würzburg, Germany and prior to that, attended a residency at the Banff Centre where she was a recipient of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Originally from Sault Ste. Marie and born in Peace River, Penny holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music, as well as Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. A former contributing author for The Glenn Gould Foundation and the creator of Glenn Gould 905: A Triple Birthday Multi-Media Celebration for the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga, Penny is deeply influenced by Glenn Gould, in particular his radio documentaries and the moral fibre of his pursuit of ecstatic experiences through sound.
Active as an adjudicator, coach and clinician, Penny’s highly acclaimed workshop, “From the Pianist’s Toolbox: Techniques for Effectively Practicing the Music of J.S. Bach” has been presented at various locations around the GTA, including several branches of ORMTA.
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