Bradley Johnson / Tutor

Born in Chesterfield in 1995, Bradley Johnson is a Classical Guitarist, currently studying on a Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music.

Upon commencing his Undergraduate studies with Craig Ogden at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2013, Bradley was soon awarded First Prize for the Ivor Mairants Guitar Award at age 19, which led to a performance at the International Guitar Research Conference (IGRC) 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’ after being invited to give a recital at their annual conference.

Bradley graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with 1st Class Honours in 2017.

Recent pursuits as include performances with Royal Academy Opera and for the International Guitar Research Centre for Reginald Smith Brindle’s centenary, where he performed with rare Chamber works alongside Professor Steven Thachuk from California State University, Northridge.

From 2018; he is a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and has represented the company throughout the country.

Bradley’s studies are supported by the Blyth Watson Charitable Trust, the Charlotte Fraser Award and CHK Charities Limited.

 

Where did you study music?

I studied privately with a local teacher in my hometown for 10 years, then with Craig Ogden at the Royal Northern College of Music and currently with Professor Michael Lewin at the Royal Academy of Music.

What is your favourite piece of music?

That is very difficult! I would say Classical – Poulenc’s ‘Concerto for Two Pianos’, and Popular Music…anything by Smashing Pumpkins.

What single thing you could not live without?

Most likely my Pomeranian, Quincy.

Who has inspired you the most? 

The Guitarist, Julian Bream. He simply played/plays everything and with such finesse and colour – it’s astonishing.

Where did you grow up?

In a town in Lancashire called Kirkham – in between Preston and Blackpool.