Guy Johnston

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Guy Johnston
Birth name Guy Johnston
Born (1981-05-07) 7 May 1981 (age 32)
Harpenden, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Genres Classical
Occupations Cellist

Guy Johnston (born 1981) is a British cellist and the winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2000.[1] He has subsequently enjoyed a successful international career as a soloist and chamber musician.

Professional life[edit]

Johnston came to prominence after winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2000 where he broke a string in the concert broadcast of his winning Shostakovich No. 1 concerto. In the following year he made his concerto debut at The BBC Proms forming the Elgar Cello concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.[2]

Johnston has since performed concertos with leading British Orchestras including the London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Orchestra of Wales and the Northern Sinfonia, and in Europe, the Middle and Far East with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchester der Hessischer Rundfunk and Musikkollegium Winterthur.

Johnston's performances and recordings are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

He is a member of the Aronowitz Ensemble, which has recently been invited into the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme, guaranteeing regular feature presentations on BBC Radio 3 and other media over a two-year period.

His instrument is a 1714 David Tecchler cello[3].


Johnston recorded David Matthews' Concerto in Azzurro with Rumon Gamba and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra released on the Chandos label in 2009. The recording was nominated for a Gramophone Award in the Contemporary Music category.

Johnston released his debut recital disc 'Milo' in May 2010 on the Orchid label with the pianist Kathryn Stott. The disc comprises British 20th century music including the Cello Sonatas by Benjamin Britten and Frank Bridge and works 'Sleep On' and 'Milo' by Mark-Anthony Turnage. Turnage wrote the latter for the christening of his son, Milo. Johnston premiered the work at Milo's christening and is his godfather.[citation needed]

Johnston recorded the Duruflé Requiem with Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Mark Stone (baritone), Tristan Mitchard (organ), The Choir of Somerville College Oxford, and David Crown (conductor), released on the Stone Records label in 2012.

Johnston was awarded a Classical BRIT Award for Young British Classical Performer in 2001.

Personal life[edit]

Johnston was born on 7 May 1981 into a musical family. He grew up in Harpenden, near St Albans, Hertfordshire where his parents run a music school.[citation needed]

A chorister at King's College, Cambridge, he attended Chetham's School of Music in Manchester from the age of 13, and then Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York.[citation needed]

His brother is the violinist Magnus Johnston and his sister is Izzy Johnston, violinist of string quartet eScala. Johnston's oldest brother Rupert who played the French Horn, was brain damaged following a car accident in 1997.[citation needed]


External links[edit]