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Guy Johnston


Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting British cellists of his generation. His early successes include 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, English Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, Moscow Philharmonic and St Petersburg Symphony. Guy’s mentors have included Steven Doane, Ralph Kirshbaum, Bernard Greenhouse, Steven Isserlis and Anner Bylsma.

Recent highlights include performances with the Ulster Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony, as well as chamber music performances at Wigmore Hall and in festivals across Europe. Guy recently gave the premiere of the Howells Cello Concerto in Gloucester Cathedral and premiered Charlotte Bray’s ‘Falling in the Fire’ at the 2016 Proms, to particular acclaim from The Sunday Times (“The impressive solo cellist Guy Johnston shone at the Proms”). Guy is a prolific recording artist and in the review of his debut recital CD with Kathryn Stott, The New York Times described “Mr. Johnston's burnished and varied sound…” This year, Guy is recording a new CD celebrating the tricentenary of his David Tecchler cello for release in 2017. It will include a collaboration with the acclaimed Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where the cello was made.

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 Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music and a board member of the Pierre Fournier Award for young cellists.

Guy Johnston is a founder member of the awardwinning Aronowitz Ensemble and founding Artistic Director of the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival as well as a Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded an Hon. ARAM in 2015.