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Since spring 2022, Adam Johnson is ESD's first Composer in Residence, working collaboratively with Eliot Smith.


Dazzling audiences across the world with his exceptional range of virtuosic piano repertoire, Adam Johnson is unique in his style and showmanship. His concerts are sell-out performances in London and Europe with music from crossover classics to well-known modern instrumental favourites.

Described by critics as “A Revelation” (The Telegraph), Johnson continues to delight his audiences with a vast array of music, and an incomparable pianistic style.

Adam is the Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of The Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 he was elected as a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and more recently was rewarded as a Member of the Royal Society of Musicians. Adam Johnson holds the prestigious Freedom of the City of London, which was awarded to him in 2019.

As a composer, his award-winning album “Savage Piano” was recorded and mastered at Abbey Rd Studios and was hailed by BBC Radio as “Cinematic and Emotional” 2020. Appearing on Collaborative Records, Adam has released an EP “Keys to the Garden” in 2020 as well as his new single “Frith (After Janáček)”.

Adam's credits with ESD include: Seacole + Nightingale (2020), TroY (2020), Homecoming (2021), and LIFE (2021). He has also contributed musical works for ESD's Education and Beyond outreach.

Find out more about Adam here.

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"It is a great honour to be Composer in Residence at ESD as I truly believe in the company. I am very proud of the work we have achieved so far and look forward to collaborating on many more projects. I am utterly delighted."

Adam Johnson, March 2022

"It's very exciting to welcome Adam Johnson as ESD's first Composer in Residence. ESD is looking forward to creating new opportunities to cultivate our shared passion for music and dance in all aspects of ESD's future productions."

- Eliot Smith, March 2022

Images courtesy of the artist

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