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Mikhail Johnson is one of Jamaica's promising young pianist. Winner of the Jamaica Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition for Young Musicians Senior Division in 2009 and composer of piano and choral music, he has established a reputation in piano performance and artistic distinction.
Born and raised in Montego Bay, St. James, Mikhail started official piano lessons in the second grade. At age 13 he attended Herbert Morrison Technical High School and performed on the alto saxophone and flute with the school band.
After high school, he enrolled at Northern Caribbean University to read for a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with a minor in music. He studied classical piano with Kimberly Cann and Marilyn Anderson, and formed The George Johnson Duo with his fellow music colleague, Joel George in October 2009, the Duo staged their debut concert at the Mandeville Baptist Church to critical acclaim.
Active as a composer, Mikhail has received commissions from the Northern Caribbean University Music Department and other organizations. In 2008, his patriotic anthem Anthem of Independence for mixed choir and orchestra received its world-premiere performance by the NCU Chamber Choir in Kingston, Jamaica. He is currently composing The Oratorio of the Psalms written for mixed choir, soloists and orchestra in which the entire 150 divisions of the Psalms will be put to music. The completed chorus Psalm 23, received its world-premiere performance in June 2010 by the Jamaica Choral Scholars’ Festival Choir. He has also composed pieces for chamber and orchestral forces.
Mikhail has served as a guest accompanist and pianist for several religious and educational establishments. He appeared as a guest artist during the Jamaica Symphony Orchestra’s Concert Series in June 2009, and in November that same year he was the winner of the Piano Category of the Jamaica Music Teachers' Association (JMTA) Music Competition held in Kingston.
Currently he is Artistic Director at the Spot Valley High School in Rose Hall Montego Bay.
Thanks for the add! And thanks for listening to my "Juggler" -- I listened to yours, and the others too, and it's funny how we all gravitated towards 160 BPM... Like I always say, if you pick the right tempo/key for a cue, it practically writes itself!
In "Now Unto Him", m.7 in any resonant church, that note would drown out the choir singing that low, despite it's brevity. I'm sure the organist would rather enjoy that resolve anyway; consider sustaining for 3 beats and having the choir start a measure later - that's maestoso!
Starting at m.11 it moves very fast for the choir, and with the sextuplets underneath and the pedal sustaining, it can be hard for the choir to hear and count; consider adding some subdivision in the pedal. Another alternative would be to make this a double choir piece, especially since there's so much divisi, and let them go back and forth between lines, giving dec. and can. a little break every few measure. This could easily become a Nunc dimittis. Consider using that text with this music. If you're up for you, you could expand this to have a complementary Magnificat. Great work!
In "May the Lord Watch". In m.12, those leaps will be nearly impossible to execute well for anyone but professionals, and even then, it'll be hard and, especially for basses and altos. Consider leaping from the G or having just sops and tenors do it.
In m.19, with the orchestration, and the high tessitura, it'll be hard for that to be sung or heard at piano. Consider have the choir start mp and the band at pp.
Here's the feedback you asked for. In "Now the God of Peace," I'm not sure what's the connection in m.32 exhibited by the line. Doesn't seem necessary. Also, the dynamic markings would ideally be above the voice part consistently throughout.