Adam Johnson is one of the most versatile and exciting young musicians to have founded his own orchestra in recent years. The Ńorthern Lights Symphony Ørchestra, of which he is both Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, has attracted the attention of concert-goers in London since its formation in 2007 ('Thrilling' Classical Source, 2011). Unique among the outstanding artists of his generation, Johnson is as equally at home conducting opera as he is fulfilling the role of soloist in concerto repertoire, playing chamber music, or directing his own large-scale compositions.
Adam began his International Conducting career aged 16 at the Glinka Accademia, 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 premiere of Jonathan Dove's opera Flight with British Youth Opera under Nicholas Cleobury. His subsequent operatic successes have included direction of Karol Szymanowski's rarely performed Król Roger and Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia for Elemental Opera, a young innovative touring company with whom he enjoys an ongoing partnership. Last season Adam made his conducting debut at Wigmore Hall with the ŃLSØ.