Coming from a Cuban-American background, pianist Christian Johnson was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and never touched a piano until his family moved into the backwoods of Tennessee. Beginning lessons at 5 years old, Johnson became proficient with the Suzuki method, and continued to take lessons from the same small town teacher throughout high school. Having gained local recognition in the city of Dickson, Johnson went on to achieve first prize in numerous piano competitions, including the Beethoven Club Competition and the Nashville Piano Achievement Competition.
During this season, Johnson was invited to serve as a student ambassador through the 2010 People to People Student Ambassador Program in Sydney, Australia. During his Bachelor of Music program at Lipscomb University, Johnson invested every Summer break to attend and perform in international piano festivals, including the Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy (2014), and the East/West International Piano Festival in various cities throughout China (Weihai 2016, Hangzhou ’17, Shenzhen ’18).
After Johnson completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he remained at the same university to fulfill his terminal degree as a Doctor of Musical Arts. In 2018, Johnson and his colleagues formed the Cascada Piano Quartet, going on to perform in numerous University Honor’s recitals and community events throughout Lincoln, Nebraska. In addition to his graduate teaching assistantship duties, Johnson has worked exclusively with award-winning composers, such as Philip Glass and Victoria Bond, to arrange and digitize their works for publication. Johnson anticipates on completing his terminal degree in May of 2022.
Outside of the world of music, Johnson has worked as a freelance graphic designer, video editor, and webmaster for multiple organizations and universities, including Lipscomb University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the East/West International Piano Festival, and the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell Military Base in Kentucky. Johnson’s digital portfolio is available on chriscreates.co.
Johnson currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska, with his wife, Deanna, and cat, Mulan.