John Huston has distinguished himself as one of the most exciting and expressive guitarists of his generation. The Southern Arts Foundation has hailed him “…one of the finest young guitarists today”, Guitart International has praised him as “a formidable talent”, The Fort-Worth Star Telegram described his “considerable energy and impressive virtuosity”, and La Stampa has called his playing “…mesmerizing.” The accolades for Mr. Huston’s performance are numerous. He won First Prize in the 2001 Aranjuez Strings International Guitar Competition. Additionally, he has won prizes in a number of other major national and international competitions including the Concours International de Guitare de Lachine, the American String Teachers Association National Guitar Competition, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Guitar Competition.
John has performed in the finest concert halls in the Southeast United States, including Atlanta Symphony Hall, Spivey Hall, the Shwartz Center for Performing Arts, the fabulous Fox Theater, the Cobb Energy Center, Legacy Hall, and Hugh Hodgson Hall. John has been frequently invited to perform at international guitar festivals including the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, the Guitar on the Mediterranean Festival in Cervo, Italy, the Austin Peay State University Summer Guitar Workshop and Competition, the Fort Worth Guitar Guild Music Festival and the University of Louisville Guitar Festival and Competition. Additionally, John has recorded two solo discs: Three Centuries of Music for the Classical Guitar (1997), and Nocturno (2002). Guitart International hailed Nocturno as “a truly satisfying CD with great depth and a program rich in diversity with much to say…devastatingly beautiful and challenging… the performance is at once expansive and yet conveys the intimacy required for sustained interest.” John’s collaboration with guitarist Richard Todd resulted in the disc Pura Vida (2011) as the Huston-Todd Guitar Duo.
John has a varied and diverse performing schedule. In addition to frequent performances as 9 String Theory, in recent years John has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Balalaika Society, the Atlanta Guitar Guild Orchestra, the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, the Athens Chamber Singers, and the Morehouse and Spelman College choirs.
John is also a cancer survivor.
John holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Georgia, a Masters degree in Music from Georgia State University and a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Iowa. Since leaving Iowa, John has lived in his adopted home town of Atlanta, where he lives in the historic Inman Park neighborhood with his wife and young son. When not making or listening to music, John enjoys reading, biking, running, laughing and loving, and speculating on the true nature of all things.