Reuben Johnson is a versatile pianist from Brisbane, Australia. A first-year musician at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) training with Timothy Young in 2022, Reuben graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Music under the tutelage Oleg Stepanov. A keen soloist and chamber musician, Reuben has a particular love of the music of JS Bach. Throughout the last several years, Reuben has also received lessons and masterclasses from pianists such as Natasha Vlassenko (Russia/Australia), Daniel de Borah (Australia), Peter Hill (UK), Gil Garburg (Israel/Germany), Alexander Strukov (Russia) and Konstantin Shamray (Russia/Australia).
In 2019, Reuben received the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Audition Bursary, awarded to the applicant with the best audition in a particular instrument.
In 2020, Reuben was awarded first prize in the university category of the Bolder Bach Festival’s Online Bach Competition, an international competition held during the COVID-19 pandemic, and was the only Australian prize-winner. In the same year, Reuben was also awarded the Margaret Anne Kerrison Pianoforte Prize, given to the student with the highest mark in their second year of studies. In 2021, Reuben was selected as a soloist for the Concerto Festival at the Queensland Conservatorium and was the winner of the Minnie May Bussey Prize.
Also a keen improviser, Reuben has sings baritone and plays electric bass professionally. Reuben was a member of the children’s chorus for the Washington National Opera’s 2011 production of Tosca, directed by Placido Domingo.
Financial assistance supported by ANAM Syndicate donors - Anonymous
Photo credit Pia Johnson