Biography

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A native of the Seattle area, composer Nathan R. Johnson (b. 1982) writes music that is inspired and informed by diverse sources such as folk music, astronomy, literature, and the nature of the Pacific Northwest.

Mr. Johnson’s music has been performed in the United States, Canada, and Russia by ensembles and artists such as the Northwest Symphony OrchestraBremerton Symphony Orchestra, Biola University Symphony Orchestra, Abbotsford Youth Symphony, the Eclipse Quartet, the Mojave Trio, the Strada Trio, and the Quintessential Winds.

Nathan R. Johnson has been the recipient of numerous awards, scholarships, and honors, including the Award for Distinguished Achievement in Creative Activity (CSULB, 2010), Provost’s Summer Stipend for Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (CSULB, 2009), Paul C. Lindsey III Memorial Scholarship for Composition (CSULB, 2008), and Outstanding Musician of the Year (Biola University, 2007). He won first place in the Washington Music Teachers’ Association 2001 Young Composers’ Competition (collegiate division) for his trio A Summer’s Evening for flute, violin and piano. His work for solo flute, Soundscape, was released on CD by the Island Music Guild of Bainbridge Island.

Mr. Johnson received his Masters of Music degree in composition from California State University at Long Beach, studying with Dr. Carolyn Bremer, Dr. Robin Cox, and Dr. Adriana Verdie and working as a graduate assistant (music theory and film music) and as an officer in the CSULB Composers’ Guild. Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Music degree in composition, magna cum laude, from Biola University; his instructors included Christopher Wills and Neil Argo.

As an instrumentalist, Nathan R. Johnson has played violin and/or viola in the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, Kitsap Opera Orchestra, Peninsula Ballet Orchestra, Biola University Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony, and in numerous chamber ensembles, church orchestras, and bands.

Mr. Johnson lives with his wife, Andrea, and their two young children, Caleb and Ellen, in Edmonds, Washington. When not making music, they enjoy traveling, drinking coffee, spending time in the mountains, and reading.

[Updated 06 May 2013]

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