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Penny Johnson, piano

Penny Johnson piano

 

Biography

A consultant at Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto, Penny Johnson holds a doctoral degree in performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was the recipient of the Helen Cohn Award, given to an outstanding graduate of the doctoral program. She also holds undergrad and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Her primary teachers include Constance Keene, Barry Snyder and Jean-Paul Sevilla.

Regarded for her interpretations of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Penny has given numerous solo recitals devoted to the composer. Her performance of The Art of Fugue included an ending that she composed for the final, unfinished fugue. In 2013, she was a semi-finalist at the 8th International J. S. Bach Piano Competition held in Würzburg, Germany. Her passion for this music has led Penny to participate in a two-week residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where she was a recipient of a grant from The Canada Council for the Arts.

Penny has taught at the Conservatory of Performing Arts at the University of Regina’s College Avenue campus, as well as Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, The Royal Conservatory, Canada Music Academy, ABC Academy of Music, and Amati Conservatory. Since 2010, she has been a member of the College of Examiners at The Royal Conservatory and has given master classes at Carleton University, the University of Regina and The Royal Conservatory.

Since completing her doctoral dissertation, “Paderewski and the Final Triumph of Golden Age Pianism” under the guidance of David Dubal, Penny has continued to explore this fascinating era in piano-playing, having presented a program at Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto last Fall titled, Poets of the Piano. A Gouldian for many years, Penny has also served as a Contributing Author for The Glenn Gould Foundation in Toronto.

Program

 

Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (1741) J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Aria
Variatio 1 a 1 Clav.
Variatio 2 a 1 Clav.
Variatio 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all’Unisuono
Variatio 4 a 1 Clav.
Variatio 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Variatio 6 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda
Variatio 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga
Variatio 8 a 2 Clav.
Variatio 9 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Terza
Variatio 10 a 1 Clav. Fughetta
Variatio 11 a 2 Clav.
Variatio 12 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quarta
Variatio 13 a 2 Clav.
Variatio 14 a 2 Clav.
Variatio 15 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Quinta: Andante
Variatio 16 a 1 Clav. Ouverture
Variatio 17 a 2 Clav.
Variatio 18 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Sesta
Variatio 19 a 1 Clav.
Variatio 20 a 2 Clav.
Variatio 21 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Settima
Variatio 22 a 1 Clav. Alla breve
Variatio 23 a 2 Clav.
Variatio 24 a 1 Clav. Canone all’Ottava
Variatio 25 a 2 Clav. Adagio
Variatio 26 a 2 Clav.
Variatio 27 a 2 Clav. Canone alla Nona
Variatio 28 a 2 Clav.
Variatio 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
Variatio 30 a 1 Clav. Quodlibet
Aria

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