John Johnstone, Guitar
John Johnstone holds a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Southern Maine, and an Associate Degree in Jazz from the University of Maine, Augusta. He has studied with David Leisner, Neil Anderson, George Sakellariou, and Bob Sullivan, and has participated in master classes with Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, Nicholas Goluses, Adam and Bruce Holzman, Norbert Kraft and many others.
John has performed with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, and the Choral Art Society. Other performances include an all Bach solo guitar concert at the Maine Festival, a Renaissance solo guitar concert at St. Joseph’s College, and solo and chamber recitals at Olin Arts Center, Corthell Hall and Bowdoin Chapel.
His classical, jazz, and electronic compositions have been performed at the Portland Conservatory of Music. Soundboard magazine has favorably reviewed his classical guitar compositions.
In addition to playing and teaching classical and jazz guitar, he also teaches blues, rock and folk styles. Other instruments that he teaches include electric bass and ukulele. Mr. Johnstone is also on the guitar faculty at Bowdoin College.