Guy Johnston

Guy Johnston

Biography

Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting British cellists of his generation. His early successes included winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award and a Classical Brit. He has performed with many leading international orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Ulster Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, Moscow Philharmonic and St Petersburg Symphony.

Recent seasons have included Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the BBC Philharmonic and Ilan Volkov and Sibelius’s Cantique and Devotion with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo, as well as a Haydn concerto with the Aurora Orchestra, Haydn and Elgar concertos with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Martinu’s first concerto with the Rheinische Philharmonie. Guy continues to play chamber music at Wigmore Hall and in festivals across Europe. He gave the premiere of the Howells Cello Concerto in Gloucester Cathedral and has recorded this piece with Britten Sinfonia for release in 2019 on the King’s College Cambridge label. He gave the premiere of Charlotte Bray’s ‘Falling in the Fire’ at the Proms, to which festival he was pleased to return in 2018. A prolific recording artist, Guy’s recent recordings include a celebration of the tricentenary of his David Tecchler cello, collaborating with the acclaimed Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where the cello was made. The 2018/19 season also sees the release of his recording Themes and Variations with Tom Poster, comprising works by Beethoven, Grieg, Chopin, MacMillan, Schumann and Martinu.

In addition to a busy and versatile career as an international soloist, chamber musician and guest principal, Guy is an inspiring leader of young musicians as a patron of several charities which promote music education for schoolchildren and young people including Music First and Future Talent. He is a board member of the Pierre Fournier Award for young cellists.

Guy’s mentors have included Steven Doane, Ralph Kirshbaum, Bernard Greenhouse, Steven Isserlis and Anner Bylsma.

He is a founder member of the award-winning Aronowitz Ensemble and founding Artistic Director of the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival as well as a guest Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded an Hon. ARAM in 2015. In autumn 2018 he took up a professorship at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Guy plays a 1714 David Tecchler cello, generously on loan from the Godlee-Tecchler Trust which is administered by The Royal Society of Musicians.

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