Described by Grammy award winning Classical Guitarist, David Russell, as a Guitarist of ‘outstanding talent’ - Bradley Johnson is a Classical Guitarist based in London.
Bradley has been drawn to modern music and has recently worked with on new solo repertoire with Gary Carpenter, David Gorton and Philip Cashian. This follows working closely on chamber pieces with Georg Friedrich Haas and Edward Cowie as well as performing Reginald Smith-Brindle’s duos with Professor Steven Thachuk at the International Guitar Research Centre.
This passion was ignited by exposure to Tippett’s 'Sonata - ‘The Blue Guitar’, a performance of which secured First Prize in the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award - described in Classical Guitar Magazine as possessing ‘strongly formed musical ideas and the ability to deliver them with a natural sense of spontaneity’. This was followed by a recital at the International Guitar Research Conference presented by The Musicians' Company in 2016.
Bradley began studying with Professor Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music in 2017, from where he graduated in 2019 with Distinction, the DipRAM (the highest performance award conferred by the Academy) and First Prize in the Royal Classics Concerto Competition. After this, he was awarded a full scholarship for the Advanced Diploma course where he was selected to premiere and record new works for the Academy’s Bicentenary ‘200 Pieces’ project; he was awarded the Bache Fund Prize upon graduating in 2021.
Since 2018, he has been a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and has represented the company in recitals throughout the country. He holds a First Class Honours Degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, received a Special Commendation from the Boise Foundation Scholarship Trust and his studies were supported twice by the Blyth Watson Charitable Trust Award and the Charlotte Fraser Award.
Described by Grammy award winning Classical Guitarist, David Russell, as a Guitarist of ‘outstanding talent’ - Bradley Johnson is a Classical Guitarist based in London. He began playing Guitar at age 7 and started taking lessons from Nicholas Powlesland. After experimenting with a multitude of styles, he finally decided to specialize in Classical Guitar and soon after enrolled at the Royal Northern College of Music to study with Craig Ogden in 2013.
Since the beginning of his studies, he began representing the RNCM in both solo and with chamber ensembles - performing at venues such as the Bridgewater Hall, Liverpool University, Leeds College of Music, Buxton Festival as well as participating in masterclasses with artists and teachers such as Zoran Dukic, Ricardo Gallen, Jose Antonio Escobar, Elena Papandreou and Gordon Crosskey.
In 2015, he was awarded First Prize for the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award, which led to a performance representing the Worshipful Company of Musicians in the International Guitar Research Conference at the University of Surrey the following year. Soon after, this led to a placement onto the European Guitar Teacher’s Association’s (EGTA) ‘Young Performer’s Platform’. In 2017, he graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with First Class Honours.
Later in the same year, he began his studies at the Royal Academy of Music after being awarded scholarships to study with Professor Michael Lewin. During this time, he gave solo performances for the 400+ Series, Tuesday and Thursday Series, as well as receiving guidance from David Russell and Fabio Zanon and coaching from Professor Stephen Goss and Timothy Walker. He also performed twice for the Assad Brothers, David Leisner as well as Early Music specialists, Nigel North and Elizabeth Kenny.
He graduated from the Academy with an MA with Distinction, the DipRAM and First Prize in the Royal Classics Concerto Competition in 2019. He has also recently completed an Advanced Diploma, which included première recordings by Gary Carpenter, David Gorton and Philip Cashian for the Academy's Bicentenary that are scheduled for release in 2022; he was awarded the Bache Fund Prize upon graduating in 2021.
He has also been involved with the International Guitar Research Centre; he was invited to perform at the Centenary celebrations of Reginald Smith-Brindle in 2017, where he performed solo works along with rare Guitar Duos with Professor Steven Thachuk from California State University - their first performance since their premières by Julian Bream and John Williams in the 1980s. Similar projects include collaboration with internationally respected composer, Georg Friedrich Haas in 2019, where he performed his 'Quartett' with colleagues from the RAM.
Alongside solo performance, he has performed with Academy Symphony Orchestra, Manson Ensemble and Castalian String Quartet. A performance of Don Giovanni’s Serenade on Mandolin with Academy Opera ('deh, viena alla finestra’) was described by Brian Dickie of Chicago Opera as ‘astonishingly beautiful’.
Since 2018, he has been a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and has represented the company in concerts throughout the country. He received numerous scholarships for his studies, including a Special Commendation from the Boise Foundation Scholarship Trust, being twice awarded the Blyth Watson Charitable Trust Award and the Charlotte Fraser Award.
Aside from performing, he is also also a dedicated teacher. Bradley started teaching Classical Guitar at King's College London in 2019, after being awarded in Academy's teaching diploma ('Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music') with Distinction in 2020.
Bradley plays Guitars by Philip Woodfield (Grand Concert II - 'Orsolya', 2013) and Manuel Contreras (Doble-Tapa, 1987).