Adam Johnson - Conductor


Adam Johnson is one of the most versatile and exciting young musicians to have founded his own orchestra in recent years.

The Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra, of which he is both Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, has attracted the attention of concert-goers in London since its formation in 2007.


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies 2015

Adam began his International Conducting career aged 15 in St. Petersburg and has subsequently appeared as Principal Conductor of Elemental Opera, RNCM Opera, and as Guest Conductor of Southbank Sinfonia, Suffolk Sinfonia, Oxford University Symphony Orchestra.

Winner of the Ricordi Operatic Conducting Prize whilst still studying under Sir Mark Elder CBE, Adam Johnson was invited to assist Ari Benjamin Meyers on his multi-media contemporary theatre work Il tempo di Postino as part of the Manchester International Festival. His outstanding contribution to the production led the following year to associate conductorship of the London première of Jonathan Dove's opera Flight with British Youth Opera under Nicholas Cleobury.

Adam Johnson & Simon Callow preparing for a performance of Peter & the Wolf by S. Prokofiev (2013)

Adam Johnson & Simon Callow preparing for a performance of Peter & the Wolf by S. Prokofiev (2013)

Adam Johnson conducting the NLSO at Milton Court, Barbican

His subsequent operatic successes have included direction of Karol Szymanowski's rarely performed King Roger and Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia for Elemental Opera, a young innovative touring company with whom he enjoys an ongoing partnership.

Future plans include developing an ambitious educational programme in inner London with the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra, which enjoys a residency at St Saviour's Church, Pimilco.

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.

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Adam Johnson with the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra

Adam Johnson and the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra

Adam Johnson Conducts Four Last Songs With The Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra

Adam Johnson conducts Stravinsky Firebird and Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder

Adam Johnson conducts gala performance at Lloyd's Building, London

"Adam Johnson conducted with care and much feeling for the carefully crafted string melodies that intertwine throughout the work…I was reminded of Sir John Barbirolli"

Review by Edward Clark 2013

"A Revelation"

Jonathan Pryce OBE (The Daily Telegraph)

"Incisive and Committed"

The Guardian


Satu Jalas


Review by Edward Clark 2013