Graham Johnson studied at the Royal Academy of Music and with the late Geoffrey Parsons. He formed the Songmakers' Almanac in 1976. He has appeared in recital throughout the world with Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Peter Pears, Sir Thomas Allen, Victoria de los Angeles, Ian Bostridge, Brigitte Fassbaender, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Hampson, Dame Felicity Lott, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Philip Langridge, Christopher Maltman, Edith Mathis, Ann Murray, Lucia Popp, Christoph Prégardien, Dame Margaret Price, Thomas Quastoff, Dorothea Röschmann, Kate Royal, Alice Coote, Christine Schaefer and Peter Schreier. His extensive discography includes the entire Schubert and Schumann Lieder for Hyperion Records.
Graham Johnson is Senior Professor of Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was made an OBE in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours list, created Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government in 2002 and made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2010. In 2013 he was awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal, and received Honorary Doctorates from both Durham University and the New England Conservatory of Music. He was awarded the Hugo Wolf Medal in 2014 for his services to the art of song.