Carter Johnson entertains with piano favourites in Quadra festival

Carter Johnson, local piano prodigy, will perform Piano Favourites from Throughout the Ages at the Quadra Community Centre on Saturday, July 26 at 6 p.m.

Philip Hansen, Quadra Island Festival of Chamber Music Director, will join Carter on cello in Beethoven’s Sonata for Cello and Piano opus 69.

“Spellbinding”, “magical”, “electric”, and “vibrant” are words used to describe the playing of 17-year-old Johnson. Johnson began studying piano at the age of five with Shelley Roberts in Campbell River.

His accomplishments include prizes in numerous competitions and festivals, including First Place in the Ruth Scott Chopin Competition and the Virginia Graczak Competition, and several prizes at the provincial festival for many years. In July 2011, Carter was BC’s single representative at the CFMTA National Piano Competition in Regina. Each province sent one competitor under the age of 25. Not only was Carter the youngest competitor by a large margin, but he advanced to the final round and won Second Place.

The festival runs from Wednesday, July 23 to Sunday, July 27 in a variety of venues. Tickets are available at Works of H’Art; Yellow Dog Trading Company; and The Music Plant in Campbell River.

Info:  www.quadrafestival.com

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