Guy Johnston cello

Described by the Strad after his Wigmore Hall debut as “one of the most promising and distinctive cellists to emerge in recent years,” Guy Johnston has since been nominated for a Gramophone Award for his Chandos recording of Concerto in Azzurro by David Matthews with the BBC Philharmonic/Gamba and his debut recital disc ‘Milo’ has been released for Orchid Classics to critical acclaim.

Since making his debut at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin, Johnston has continued to enjoy an international career as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent highlights include concertos with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia, St. Petersburg Symphony, Sapporo Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Sao Paulo Symphony, RTE National Symphony, BBC Welsh, BBC Concert, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras.

Johnston has also enjoyed collaborating in festivals and has given performances at the Louvre in Paris, the Concertgebouw, and a recital broadcast in Berlin alongside a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto in the Philharmonie. Future collaborations include recitals with Kathryn Stott and Melvyn Tan, as well as concerts with the Aronowitz Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall.

Johnston has won a number of awards, including BBC Young Musician of the Year, a BRIT Award for Best British Newcomer, the Suggia Gift, and the Shell LSO Gerald MacDonald Award. Johnston gives classes at the Royal College of Music, London and at other leading institutions in the UK. He is patron of various charities and organisations including Future Talent, Harpenden Musicale, ‘Cellos Rock!’ and the Niemann-Pick Disease Group. Guy recently gave a concert and ran the London Marathon for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust.