Professor Alexander Johnson
Alexander Frederick Johnson studied piano with Joseph Stanford and composition with Henk Temmingh at the University of Pretoria. Over the past 25 years many of his works for piano have regularly been prescribed as examination pieces in the syllabi of both the University of South Africa and the Trinity College of Music (London). His compositions are frequently performed and broadcast worldwide. In 1994 his Jazz Impromptu was the prescribed composition of the Seventh Unisa-Transnet International Piano Competition, in 2014 his Colour-keys for Clarinet in B flat for the First Unisa International Flute and Clarinet Competition, and in 2018 his Vocalise Africa for the Unisa International Classical Singing Competition. His orchestral works have received performances by a number of orchestras such as the Lucerne Festival Strings, Zürich Camerata Orchestra, Niš Philharmonic Orchestra (Serbia) and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Johnson is professor of composition and Head of the Department of Music in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Pretoria. He is a NRF rated researcher with numerous publications to his name, and also the chairman and founder of the Stefans Grové National Composition Competition.
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