Michael Johnson OAM
Michael Johnson has been composing and recording since 1976.
Originally performing as a rock musician
in Melbourne music venues, he later moved to
utilising his skills as a multi instrumental
performer, touring with a trio in Victoria and South Australia.
Here he was introduced to the harp and never looked back....
He is the instigator of Lyrebird Music
(the recording label) and the Twilight Music
He plays various instruments but is probably
best known for his work on the harp.
His concerts and recordings feature this
instrument but also include percussion,
guitar, piano and various classical and world
Michael should be familiar to audiences
His compositions are regularly aired on
national radio and television.
He has been the resident musician at a number of
locations (Including Healesville Sanctuary).
For over a twenty years, Michael has been stationed at the
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne,
performing in the “harp the Gardens” recitals, concerts on the lake
and "Twilight Music" concerts, providing his music
for thousands of overseas guests and visitors
to the gardens.
As well as a concert performer, Michael has
been working in the field of music for meditation .
His tranquil harp music has been an integral
part of the Mindfulness Music program at the
Gawler Foundation for over twenty years and Delmont psychiatric hospitalfor 12 years.
The Royal Botanic Gardens have also embraced Michael's
experience of using music as a tool for mindfulness.
They have asked him to run the harp meditations in the new
meditative wellbeing gardens
as part of the healthy lifestyle program.
In 2023, Michael was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) as part of the
King's Birthday Honours List.
The citation for the award is for service to music as a performer and teacher.
He has performed alongside an eclectic
combination of artists such as Tony Gould,
Imogen Manins, David Jones, Wilber Wilde,
Gary Young, Judy Jacques, Kavisha Mazzella,
Victorian State Opera, James Morrison, Judith Durham,
David Herschfelder, The Melbourne Welsh Male Choir,
Jane Rutter, Suzanne Johnston, Donald Cant...
He has performed as a guest artist on many CDs
but most notably on albums by David Jones & Greaham Goble
(Founding member of the Little River Band).
To listen to Greaham's piece featuring Michael Johnson, click Here.
The opening piece, "Fragile Heart" feature's Michael's harp playing and colleague, David Jones on ABC recordings.
Michael regularly performs as a solo artist,
but also with groups and ensembles such as Breathe Music,
Light of the Moon and Time traveller.
Harps are supplied by Andrew Thom Harps