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One of the 20th century’s most celebrated pianists, Grant Johannesen, made his orchestral debut at age 15 in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. His subsequent debut recitals in New York and his soloist debut with the New York Philharmonic under George Szell elicted glowing critical appraisals, the likes of which have followed him throughout his career, now in its sixth decade.
In its remarks on his recent playing, the New York Times calls Johannesen as “one of the true artists at the keyboard.” The New Yorker states he is “one who stands among the truly distinguished masters of his instrument.”
What is less well known, even by Mormon audiences, is that Grant Johannesen has also championed music by Mormon composers through his career, including principal works by Arthur Shepherd, Leroy Robertson, Crawford Gates, Robert Cundick, and Helen Taylor.