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Dr Louis Johnson


Louis Johnson Position: Lecturer Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208
Fax: +44(0)29 208 74379
Location: Main Music Building, Corbett Road, Room 2.02

Born in 1980, Louis Johnson is a composer from Liverpool in the UK, writing works for full orchestra, chamber ensembles of varying sizes, pieces for solo instruments, voices, vocal ensembles and scores for short films. He was selected for inclusion on the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM) Composer Shortlist 2006-2009 and has received performances of his work by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by James Macmillan), The Elysian String Quartet, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Ensemble 10/10, The Royal Northern College of Music’s Brass Ensemble, the harpsichordist Jane Chapman and the soprano Sarah Leonard.

Louis has had his music broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and achieved international performances of his work. He has also had two pieces selected for the London New Wind Festival (2010 and 2013) and two pieces premiered as part of Royal Musical Association conferences (2012); one of these pieces was also heard at a concert in Beverly Minster, Yorkshire, as part of the ‘20th Century British Poets in Music’ festival (2013). Commissioned to write a new piece for the Rodewald Concert Society’s anniversary event in 2012, the resulting work was premiered by members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Ensemble of St. Luke’s and later given a repeat performance by the same ensemble. The same work was performed again in 2013 by the Berkeley Ensemble as part of a master class given by the composer Michael Berkeley at The Forge in Camden, London.  A new piece for saxophone quartet was selected for performance by The Lunar Saxophone Quartet as part of their composition competition final concert in 2012 (also at the Forge in Camden, London) and was chosen as the overall winner of the competition; this piece will now be recorded and included on the quartet’s next commercially released album.

Louis received a BA (Hons) in music from the University of Cambridge in 2002 before completing his MMus in composition at the University of Liverpool between 2004 and 2005; he received a PhD in composition from the same institution in 2012. In addition to his compositional and academic activities, Louis has worked as a professional arranger and has taught at both the University of Liverpool and at Liverpool Hope University.