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Graham Johnson

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British isles pianist Graham Johnson has generated a reputation as a respected accompanist through his collaborations using the world’s main vocal artists. Created in Rhodesia, Johnson went to the Royal Academy of Music in London. There he fulfilled accompanist Gerald Moore, whose impact was instrumental to Johnson’s personal profession. After graduation Johnson pursued further research with Geoffrey Parsons, another well known figure in the wonderful world of vocal accompaniment. Refreshing out of college, Johnson received a high-profile profession increase when tenor Peter Pears chosen him because the standard accompanist for his first get better at classes at Pears’ and Benjamin Britten’s annual Aldeburgh Event. During intervals when Britten — Pears’ longtime accompanist — was sick, Pears frequently asked Johnson as an alternative. In 1975 Walter Legge, the impresario and EMI information producer, chosen Johnson to accompany his wife, soprano Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. By this time around it was very clear that Johnson was on the right track to become probably one of the most prominent numbers in his field. Searching for creative new methods to explore the artwork track repertory, Johnson founded The Songmakers’ Almanac in 1976. Using the authorization and assistance of Gerald Moore, Johnson created the Almanac to search out neglected piano/vocal functions and build recitals incorporating many performers. For over 25 % of a hundred years Johnson prepared and followed over 150 Almanac recitals. Furthermore, he regularly offered summer time recital cycles for the London South Lender and Wigmore Hall series and was asked by Alte Oper of Frankfurt, Germany, to provide a seven-part routine of music on text messages by Goethe. One of is own most frequent companions was his Royal Academy classmate Felicity Lott. He in addition has partnered with a few of the most recognized singers of the next half of the 20th hundred years, including Victoria de la, Peter Schreier, Marjana Lipovsek, Felicity Palmer, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Elly Ameling, Tom Krause, Jessye Norman, Margaret Cost, Arlene Auger, and Brigitte Fassbaender. He’s most widely known internationally for his recordings of Schubert’s total lieder on Hyperion Information with such performers as Janet Baker, Philip Langridge, Stephen Varcoe, Thomas Hampson, Lucia Popp, Thomas Allen, Ian Bostridge, and several his regular collaborators. Johnson’s additional recordings are the tunes of Hahn, Bizet, Britten (including his realizations of Purcell), Gounod, Ireland, and Mendelssohn. His several honors consist of multiple Gramophone Single Vocal Honours. In 2002 he became a chevalier of France’s Purchase of Arts and Characters, and this year 2010 he was presented with an honorary regular membership within the Royal Philharmonic Culture. Johnson appears regularly around the BBC. Furthermore to performing a normal accompanist’s part, he has created and offered as presenter in applications explaining the tunes of Schubert, Poulenc, Liszt, and Shostakovich. He’s teacher of accompaniment at London’s Guildhall College of Music and it is a fellow of Guildhall and of the Royal Academy of Music. He offers given grasp classes in Finland, New Zealand, and america.

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Profession Pianist
Education Royal Academy of Music
Nationality British
Music Songs Frühlingsglaube, Take, O take those lips away, Les chemins de l'amour, Silent Noon, I arise from dreams of thee, Chanson d'avril, Crabbed Age and Youth, Priez pour paix, Nous voulons une petite sœur, Je n'ai pas oublié, voisine de la ville, Song of a nightclub proprietress, Vieille Chanson, Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon, Ich weiß bestimmt, ich werd' dich wiedersehen, L'Heure exquise, Dans la forêt de Septembre, Der Wanderer an den Mond, D. 870, Go, lovely rose, O mistress mine, It Was a Lover and His Lass, Spring is at the door, Sweet Polly Oliver, Go Not, Happy Day, Façade: Popular Song, Tu vois le feu du soir, Vocalise-étude, An das Vaterland, Op. 58, No. 2, Dans la forêt du charme et de l'enchantement, Ah, Moon of My Delight, What's A Lady Like Me, If love were all, A word on my ear
Albums The Complete Songs, Songs by Schubert's Friends and Contemporaries, Songs by Reynaldo Hahn, Songs by Camille Saint-Saëns, L'Invitation au voyage: Mélodies from La belle époque, Favourite English Songs, Songs by Gounod, The Songs of Chausson, Call Me Flott, Schubert 'winterreise', The English Song Series, Volume 2: The Shropshire Lad / James Lee's Wife / Songs of Innocence, Songs by Bizet, Musique adorable!, Chansons Grises and Other Songs by Reynaldo Hahn, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 28: An 1822 Schubertiad, Songs by Louis Durey, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 10: Schubert in 1815 II, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 14: Schubert & the Classics, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 7: Schubert in 1815 I, Lieder / Sehnsucht / Das Rosenband / Abendstern / Der Musensohn, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 21: Schubert in 1817 & 1818, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 4: Schubert & His Friends II, Sergey Rachmaninov, 6 Songs, Op. 4, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 18: Schubert & the Strophic Song, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 11: Schubert & Death, La Procession: Eighty Years of French Song, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 16: Schiller Settings, The Last Rose of Summer, Melodies sur des poemes de Victor Hugo, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 6: Schubert & the Nocturne I, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 8: Schubert & The Nocturne II, The Songs of Johannes Brahms, Volume 3, Songs by Robert Franz, Fallen Women And Virtuous Wives - Wigmore Hall Live, Sonnets, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 22: An 1815 Schubertiad II, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 23: Songs of 1816, Felicity Lott Sings Schumann, Felicity Lott Sings Schubert, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 34: Schubert 1817-1821, The English Song Series, Volume 2: A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table / Facade Settings / Anon. In Love, Schubert - Wigmore Hall Live, In Praise of Woman, Francis Poulenc, Le Bestiare Au Cortège D'Orphée (The Bestiary), Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten: Heinrich Heine – Lieder, The Complete Songs, Volume 1: Au bord de l'eau, The English Song Series, Volume 1: including On Wenlock Edge, Herbert Hughes, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye!, The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 1: Goethe & Schiller Settings, Voyage à Paris: The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc, The Songs of John Ireland
Movies Dame Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson: Fallen Women and Virtuous Wives


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The Revenant 2015 makeup department head / makeup department head: Argentina, California and Montana
Not Safe for Work 2015 TV Series makeup designer - 6 episodes
The Gunman 2015 hair designer / makeup designer
Paddington 2014 hair designer / makeup designer
Serena 2014/I makeup and hair designer
RED 2 2013 make-up & hair designer
The Numbers Station 2013 makeup designer
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2013 hair designer / makeup designer
Johnny English Reborn 2011 hair and makeup designer
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Agora 2009 hair designer: Rachel Weiss / makeup designer: Rachel Weiss
The Brothers Bloom 2008 hair designer / makeup artist: Rachael Weisz - uncredited / makeup designer
Death Defying Acts 2007 makeup artist: Catherine Zeta Jones
Miss Potter 2006 makeup artist: Ms. Zellweger - as Graham Johnson
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2016 Seattle Film Critics Award Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Makeup and Hairstyling The Revenant (2015) · Robert A. Pandini
2001 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Make Up/Hair Gladiator (2000) · Paul Engelen


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