Winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) competition in 2019 and described as the “Classical Guitar Revelation of 2017” by the french magazine “Guitar Classical Magazine”, Johan Smith has been invited to perform in renowned festivals both as a soloist and with orchestras such as the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra.
His particular interest in contemporary music has led him to collaborate with several composers, including Josquin Schwizgebel and Arnaud Fillion who dedicated his “Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra” to Johan. In addition to the Guitar Foundation of America, Johan Smith has won prizes in the following competitions: 1st prize at the VI° International Guitar Competition of Thessaloniki, 1st prize at the International Competition of Fontenay-Sous-Bois, 1st prize at V° International Festival Guitare au Beffroi, 1st prize at the 89° Leopold Bellan International Competition, 1st prize at the XIII° National Competition of Ceyzeriat (also winning the public prize), 3rd prize at the III° Pleven International Guitar Competition, and 3rd prize at I° Aalborg International Guitar Competition.
Born in 1990 in Geneva, Johan obtained a Bachelor in 2015 and a “Master of Arts in Instrumental Pedagogy” in 2017 at the University of Music of Lausanne, in the class of Dagoberto Linhares. In addition to his activity as a guitar teacher, he also obtained in 2019 the most important academic title in the field of musical performance in Switzerland: the “Master of Arts specializing in Music Performance Soloist”, awarded by the highest grade. In a completely different musical initiative he is the founder, composer, performer, and graphic designer for the extreme metal band “Stortregn” with whom he has already recorded four albums and played on three continents since 2005.