Dr. Adam Johnson

Dr. Adam Johnson is the founder and creator of Maestro Methods. He feels privileged to currently be living his dream of conducting top professional orchestras, receiving rave review from audiences and orchestral musicians alike.

His journey to becoming a respected, creative leader, however, had humble beginnings in a small town and included facing many challenges such as being an introvert with no natural leadership skills, and being considered by some as “too old” after a late start to a career in this demanding field. After overcoming these obstacles and realizing his dream, Dr. Johnson was inspired to share the skills and tools he utilized to achieve his success, and Maestro Methods was born.

The 2016/2017 season marks Dr. Johnson’s inaugural year as Assistant Conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He recently completed a highly successful tenure as Resident and Associate Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting over 100 performances in frequently sold out venues.

Originally from Hinton, Alberta, Dr. Johnson holds a Doctorate in Piano Performance from the Université de Montréal and a Prize in Orchestral Conducting from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.

A recipient of grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarships, the Fonds de la Fondation les Amis de l’Art and the Bourses d’excellence from the Université de Montréal, he has also studied conducting at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Pierre Monteux School in Maine. He was assistant conductor of l’Orchestre philharmonique des musiciens de Montréal (OPMEM) for the 2012/2013 season, and began guest conducting appearances nationally in 2014/2015.

As a pianist he has participated in masterclasses at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Orford Arts Centre, and the Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary. He has performed across Canada, as well as in France and Japan. Highly in demand as a pedagogue, he joined the faculty of the McGill Conservatory in 2010, and the Université de Québec à Montréal faculty in 2013, as well as teaching a large studio of private students. He has also taught harmony, analysis, and chamber music, and translated a major treatise on harmonic analysis from French to English.

Also highly in demand as a clinician, he was worked with many youth orchestras, concert bands, wind ensembles, and choirs. He has adjudicated the Canadian Music Competition at the regional and provincial rounds in western Canada, as well as many other Calgary area competitions.

Dr. Johnson was recently selected as the recipient of the 2015 Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting from the Canada Council for the Arts.