Adam Johnson, Conductor

Working at the highest levels of the Canadian music scene, award-winning conductor Adam Johnson has been hailed as “an exciting talent” and for his “charismatic and commanding presence” on the podium. A highly-sought leader, he completed his tenure as assistant conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) in 2018, and was named conductor-in-residence for the 2018-2019 season. To date he has conducted over 70 concerts with the OSM and is frequently reengaged as a guest conductor. He recorded his first full album, Riopelle Symphonique, with the OSM in 2022, with several future albums planned, and won an Opus Prize with the famed orchestra in 2018.

Internationally, Adam Johnson has conducted at the Opéra National de Paris as well as in Spain, Germany and the United States. Prior to his tenure in Montreal, Mr. Johnson worked for three seasons with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and continues to regularly guest conduct orchestras across Canada.

Known for his extraordinary versatility, Dr. Johnson has conducted sold-out concerts with dozens of leading artists in a wide range of styles from pop to jazz to Broadway. He is also regularly invited to studio record with orchestras for major international projects and even recorded for virtual reality.

Adam Johnson has been the Mécénat Musica Educator-in-Residence since 2019, creating educational materials for music educators and offering workshops and performances to increase the quantity and quality of music education for youth. A recipient of a Canada Council conducting award, he holds a doctorate in piano performance from the Université de Montréal and a prize in orchestral conducting from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.