Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting and versatile cellists of his generation; his career developing rapidly after he won the BBC Young Musician title and a Classical Brit award. Since then he has performed with many leading international orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester and St. Petersburg Symphony, among many others.
Recent seasons included performances with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish National orchestras, among others. Future plans include Shostakovich and Walton concertos with the Moscow Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the RTÉ Symphony Orchestra, and Tavener’s ‘Protecting Veil’ with BBCNOW.
As an enthusiastic chamber musician, Guy is a founding member of the Aronowitz Ensemble and is the founding Artistic Director of the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival and performs chamber music at acclaimed festivals around the world. As well as maintaining a busy performing career, Guy is dedicated to promoting music with young people and is a patron of several charities. He is also a Professor of Cello at the Royal Academy of Music.
Guy’s debut recital CD, ‘Milo’, with pianist Kathryn Stott, received much critical acclaim; the New York Times refers to “Mr. Johnston’s burnished and varied sound…”. Recent recordings include David Matthews’ ‘Dark Pastoral’ with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and a recording of the rarely heard Moeran Cello Concerto with the Ulster Orchestra for Naxos has also received much high-praise. Guy Johnston plays a 1714 David Tecchler cello.
© Musica Universalis October 2013