"Celebrating New Music with FIREWORKS:
Performances for All Participants"

Tuesday, June 21 to Sunday, July 3, 2005
University of Oregon School of Music


FIREWORKS: James Johnston, Piano

James Johnston


James Johnston is an American pianist and composer whose abilities range from fresh interpretations of the classic literature to new music, improvisation, and jazz. As a recently featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart's Concerto K.453, Mr. Johnston played a different original cadenza at each of the four performances.

Mr. Johnston was a semi-finalist in the 1998 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, and has performed as a soloist with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Nova of Monroeville, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra of Interlochen, Michigan.

Mr. Johnston is a founding member of PROTEUS, which made itís New York debut in 2000 and was recently in residence at both the Norfolk and Aspen music festivals.

Mr. Johnston's own compositions have placed nationally in the Reflections Contest, and his orchestral tone poem Rooms was recorded by the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. James attended the Yale and the Julliard School, where he received his Master of Music degree. He is currently completing his Doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music.