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Hermione Johnson

Composer, Performer


Hermione Johnson is an Auckland-based pianist and composer. She graduated from Auckland University in 1998 with a in piano performance, and completed her Masters in Composition in 2011 at the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. 

She has played with many seminal domestic and international musicians. She has toured Europe and Australia, performed at the Now Now Festival in Sydney, and the Fredstock and iiii Festivals in Wellington. Her playing often explores free improvisation and experimental modes of performing. Her appearance with Jeff Henderson at the Lines of Flight Festival 2013 won her the Best Performer Prize at the Dunedin Fringe Festival. Other collaborative performances have featured Jon Rose, David Brown and Gerard Crewdson. She has also appeared solo at Sydney's Paddington Uniting Church alongside Chris Abrahams and Monika Brooks, and with Louise Curham's 'Drunken Flower' at the Lines of Flight Festival in Christchurch.

As a composer, her works have been performed as part of the Asia Pacific Music Festival, The Caprice Arts Trust Series, and at the Adam Art Gallery’s Designs for Living exhibition. At the Adam, her composition, Mirrors, was performed, a work commissioned by Mladen Bizumic to accompany his contribution to the Gus Fisher toured Designs for Living (Long Live the Modern: New Zealand’s New Architecture, 1904-1984). She has had works performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, written music for the stage and for film, as well as for many local soloists and ensembles. Her solo album, colour code came out on the iiii label in July 2012. More recently, Hermione released an album entitled Scrum with Stefan Neville in 2016.

She has performed at the Silver Scroll Awards with her drums/organ duo, Drorgan, who bring a chaotic stripped back energy to the stage. She is an intense improviser on prepared piano, an accomplished organist and conjures up unearthly sound worlds on keyboards and synths. 

Composed (11)

121 Cm

for piano

Body and Soul

for solo amplified dulcian, 4m

Colour Code

for piano

drunken flower

for solo flute

Ola Ola

for piano


for orchestra


for piano

The Bright Sky

for piccolo, clarinet, guitar and viola

The Deep Blue Sky

for bassoon, guitar, accordion, and viola