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Penny Johnson

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. Penny has also completed an edition of the composer’s Fifteen Two-Part Inventions arranged for inverted voices, a project inspired by Rosalyn Tureck. In 2016, Penny released a recording of the Inventions & Sinfonias and, prior to that, was a semi-finalist at the 8th International J. S. Bach Piano Competition in Würzburg, Germany. She has also attended a residency at the Banff Centre where she was a recipient of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Penny holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was a recipient of the Helen Cohn Award given to an outstanding graduate of the doctoral program. She also holds 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. Her blog, Further North, seeks to humanize Gould through the sharing of short posts about how we might see our world through his eyes.

Active as an adjudicator, coach and clinician, Penny’s latest workshop entitled, 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. Additionally, Penny is on the board of directors for the Chamber Music Society of Mississauga. For more info, please visit