Described by Grammy award winning Classical Guitarist, David Russell, as a Guitarist of ‘outstanding talent’ - Bradley Johnson is a young virtuoso currently based in London.
Since beginning his musical career, Bradley has been drawn to music of the 20th and 21st centuries and is committed to its promotion. He is currently working towards premières as part of the Royal Academy of Music Bicentenary '200 Pieces' project by Gary Carpenter, David Gorton and Mark Simpson, as well as Chamber works by Edward Cowie. His curiosity was ignited by exposure to Michael 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’.
Bradley began studying for a Masters degree with Professor Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music in 2017, from where he graduated with Distinction and DipRAM for 'outstanding performance in a Final Recital' in 2019 and is now completing his Advanced Diploma.
During his studies, Bradley has expanded his repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries through chamber music, with performances of Georg Friedrich Haas’s ‘Guitar Quartett’, Michael Tippett’s ‘Songs for Achilles’, and Reginald Smith-Brindle’s rare Guitar Duos with Professor Steven Thachuk at the International Guitar Research Conference. He has also explored Concerti, with a performance of Malcolm Arnold’s Guitar Concerto, Op. 67, for which Bradley was awarded First Prize in the inaugural Royal Classics Concerto Competition – a performance described by the jury of ‘outstanding rapport, excellent musicality and near flawless technique’.
Since 2018, he has been a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and has represented the company in concerts throughout the country. He holds a First Class Honours Degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, has received a Special Commendation from the Boise Foundation Scholarship Trust and his studies are supported twice by the Blyth Watson Charitable Trust Award, the Charlotte Fraser Award and CHK Charities Limited.
Bradley plays Guitars by Philip Woodfield (2013) and Manuel Contreras (1987).
“Outstanding sense of rapport...excellent musicality and near flawless technique.”
— Edoardo Catemario
Described by Grammy award winning Classical Guitarist, David Russell, as a Guitarist of ‘outstanding talent’ - Bradley Johnson is a young virtuoso currently 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.
Showing great promise upon the inception of his studies, he soon began performing regularly, representing the RNCM in both Solo and 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.
During 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’.
Bradley graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with First Class Honours in 2017.
Later in the same year, Bradley began a Masters degree after being awarded scholarships to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Michael Lewin. During his studies at the Academy, he has given Solo performances for the 400+ Series, Tuesday and Thursday Series, has twice performed for the Assad Brothers, David Leisner and lutenists Nigel North and Elizabeth Kenny as well as receiving regular tuition from David Russell and Fabio Zanon. He graduated from the Academy with Distinction and DipRAM for 'outstanding performance in a Final Recital' in 2019. He also received First Prize in the inaugural Royal Classics Concerto Competition at the Academy for his performance of Malcolm Arnold's 'Concerto for Guitar, Op. 67'.
In 2017, Bradley was invited to perform at the Centenary celebrations of Reginald Smith-Brindle at the International Guitar Research Centre, where he performed Solo works along with rare Guitar Duos alongside Professor Steven Thachuk from California State University - their first performance since their premières by Julian Bream and John Williams in the 1980s. Alongside Solo performance, Bradley has performed with Academy Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner and Robert Trevino, Manson Ensemble and Royal Academy Opera ('it is worth pointing out that there was some astonishingly beautiful playing of the Mandolin in Don Giovanni's serenade from Bradley Johnson' - Brian Dickie - General Director, Chicago Opera).
Recent projects include collaborations with 2019 resident Academy composer, Georg Friedrich Haas, with a performance of his Guitar Quartet at the event - Anachronism, a new piece for Solo Guitar written by Rafael Marino-Arcaro entitled 'Pièce de Concert' and a new collaboration with Chinese Accordionist, Mingyuan Ruan. He is currently working towards an Advanced Diploma at the Academy, which will include première recordings and performances by Gary Carpenter, David Gorton and Mark Simpson for the Royal Academy of Music's Bicentenary, as well as Chamber works by Edward Cowie.
Since 2018, he has been a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and has represented the company in concerts throughout the country. He has 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, the Charlotte Fraser Award and CHK Charities Limited.
Bradley plays Guitars by Philip Woodfield (Grand Concert II - 'Orsolya', 2013) and Manuel Contreras (Doble-Tapa, 1987).