Graham Johnson studied at the Royal
Academy of Music and subsequently with the late Geoffrey Parsons. He has worked
regularly with Peter Pears and Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and has appeared in
recital throughout the world with Sir Thomas Allen, Victoria de los Ángeles,
Elly Ameling, Arleen Auger, Ian Bostridge, Brigitte Fassbaender, Matthias
Goerne, Thomas Hampson, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Philip
Langridge, Sergei Leiferkus, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Edith
Mathis, Anne Murray, Lucia Popp, Christoph Prégardien, Dame Margaret Price,
Thomas Quasthoff, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Dorothea Röschmann, Kate Royal,
Christine Schäfer, Peter Schreier, and Sarah Walker.
Mr. Johnson has had a long and fruitful relationship with Hyperion Records, for whom he has devised and accompanied a
set of complete Schubert lieder on 37 discs—a milestone in the history of
recording—as well as a complete Schumann song series. He has also recorded for
the Sony, BMG, harmonia mundi, Forlane, EMI, and Deutsche Grammophon record
labels. He was selected for the Gramophone
Solo Vocal Award in 1989, 1996, 1997, and 2001.
Mr. Johnson was The Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year in
1998; in June 2000, he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of
Music. He is author of The Songmakers’
Almanac: Twenty Years of Recitals in London,The French Song Companion (Oxford University Press, 2000), The Vocal Music of Benjamin Britten
(Guildhall, 2003), and Gabriel Faure: The
Songs and their Poets (2009).
Mr. Johnson is a Fellow and Professor of Accompaniment at London’s Guildhall
School of Music & Drama, as well as a Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music.
He was made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list in 1994, Chevalier de
l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2002, and an
Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in February 2010.