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Kynan Johns

  • Conductor


 Kynan Johns press reviews

“Johns’ maintained taut control... with impressive precision and exhilarating dramatic power... extraordinary”

- David Vance, Sydney Morning Herald


“Johns was at his best as an accompanist. The Australian conductor grasps well the art of shading interior textures and weaving an orchestra in and out of a soloist’s line”... “Johns is calm and uses small motions on the podium. He has a fluid conducting style that translates to richer legato passages, seemed in perfect control of the architecture and pacing of each work, and got better balances between sections”

- Willa J. Conrad, The Star Ledger


“a powerfully dramatic reading from the very free and effective opening bassoon solo to the evocative English horn work to the crashing conclusion. “Le Sacre" (du Printemps by Stravinsky) was so outstanding”

“Johns had the balances so perfectly aligned that every dot of color was glisteningly in place.”

- Paul Somers, Classical New Jersey


"Kynan Johns preceded the LSO in a powerful sounding interpretation of Sibelius 2nd symphony where the poetic atmosphere came forward beautifully. The tempo of the Scherzo contrasted excellent against the cornerpieces and the introvert andante."

- Peter Graven, Limburg Dagblad


“Simply put, she (Susan Starr) and Johns collaborated in a performance that was magic”

“Johns revealed himself as a fine accompanist” “A sense of refinement marked the interpretation (of Pines of Rome)... It was a great artistic stroke”

- Don Martone, Classical New Jersey


“Kynan Johns... got vitality and polish from the players with his effusive style”

- Hanno Fairburn, The Daily Post


“Kynan Johns, a brilliant young Australian Conductor, charmed the audience with his vigour and talent”

- Laima Ziedens, Cambridge Edition


“simply magic…Johns’ conducting was economical and vital. He produced exciting dynamics and brisk tempi and was always in control”

- James Whimster, Bay of Plenty Times