Carter Johnson

Carter Johnson

City of residence : Hamden

Piano 2024

Competitors 2024



Canadian pianist Carter Johnson’s most recent competition prizes include 1st prize at the Hauts-de-France International Piano Competition, 1st prize at the 2021 International Competition of Polish Music, 1st prize of the 2020 Valsesia International Competition  

Equally at home in the worlds of solo, concerto, chamber, and art song, Johnson has a particular interest in bringing light to lesser-explored parts of the repertory, most recently championing a collection of works by relatively unknown Polish composers. In addition to the music of J.S. Bach (where he feels most at home), he champions music by Schumann, Grieg, Fauré, Ives, Hindemith, Poulenc, Shostakovich, and Messiaen.

Johnson holds a BMus from the University of British Columbia, an MM from the Juilliard School, and an MMA from the Yale School of Music, where he is currently a DMA candidate studying with Wei-Yi Yang. Johnson currently resides in Connecticut with his wife Hannah and their young boys, Preston and Ambrose.


Principal teachers

  • Wei-Yi Yang 2021 – present
  • Joseph Kalichstein 2020 – 2021
  • Matti Raekallio 2019 – 2021
  • Mark Anderson 2014 – 2019 

Major Competitions 

  • 1st prize, Hauts-de-France International Piano Competition, 2023
  • 1st prize, Weatherford College International Piano Competition, 2023
  • Quarterfinalist, Horowitz Competition Kyiv-Geneva, 2023  
  • Quarterfinalist, Honens, 2022
  • Semi-finalist, Internationaler Bach Wettbewerb Leipzig, 2022 
  • 1st prize, Konkurs Muzyki Polskiej im. Stanisława Moniuszki, 2021
  • 1st prize, Valsesia Musica International Competition, 2020   




Maurice Ravel
Valses nobles et sentimentales  
Modéré, très franc • Assez lent, avec une expression intense • Modéré • Assez animé • Presque lent, dans un sentiment intime • Assez vif • Moins vif • Épilogue (Lent) 

Paul Hindemith
Sonata No. 3 in B-flat major 
Ruhig bewegt • Sehr lebhaft • Mäßig schnell • Fuge (Lebhaft) 



Robert Schumann
Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47   
Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo 



Muzio Clementi
Sonata in F-sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 5  
Piùttosto allegro con espressione • Lento e patetico • Presto 

Barbara Assiginaak
Mzizaakok Miiniwaa Mzizaakoonsak (Horseflies and Deerflies) 

Robert Schumann
Davidsbündlertänze, Op.6
Lebhaft • Innig • Etwas hahnbüchen • Ungeduldig • Einfach • Sehr rasch • 
Nicht Schnell • Frisch • Lebhaft • Balladenmäßig (Sehr rasch) • Einfach • Mit Humor • Wild und lustig • Zart und singend • Frisch • Mit gutem Humor • Wie aus der Ferne • Nicht Schnell 


Adopt a Musician
The presence of Carter Johnson in Montreal
is generously supported by Daniel Lalonde



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