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               Winner of numerous international competitions including the very prestigious Guitar Foundation of America, Johan Smith was also defined as the Classical Guitar Revelation 2017 by Guitare Classique magazine. He completed several tours in Canada, Japan, China, USA and played in prestigious halls such as Carnegie Hall (USA), Chopin Hall (Japan), Kolarac Concert Hall (Serbia), Changsha Concert Hall (China), the Lausanne Opera (Switzerland). He is currently preparing the release of his fourth album: « Children’s Corner » (Naxos, July 2023).

His particular interest in contemporary music has led him to collaborate with several composers, premiering works for solo guitar and with orchestras such as the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra.

Born in 1990 in Geneva, Johan started the guitar with teacher Marie-Claire Pignolo and obtained a Bachelor in 2015, then a "Master of Arts in Instrumental Pedagogy" in 2017 at the University of Music of Lausanne, in the class of the Brazilian guitarist Dagoberto Linhares. In addition to his activity as a guitar teacher at the Conservatory of Morges (COV), 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 and the Special Prize Max D. Jost.

In a completely different approach, he is also the founder, composer, performer and graphic designer in the extreme metal band "Stortregn", with whom he has already recorded five albums and toured the world since 2005.

 « Johan Smith is clearly a guitarist to follow, one with [a] compelling sense of touch and musicality. »

                                                                                                  Gramophone, Editor's Choice (Sept. 2020)

« As one listens to Johan Smith play, it’s manifestly obvious why he won the 2019 GFAC. Here is a tremendously gifted guitarist and musical artist, and his Naxos album compels hearing by all guitar lovers. »

                                                                                                                       Fanfares Magazine (Oct. 2020)


1st prize at the VIII° Changsha International Guitar Competition (CHN)

1st prize at the XXXVII° Guitar Foundation of America (USA), "Rose Augustine Grand Prize"

1st prize at the VI° International Guitar Competition of Thessaloniki (GR)

1st prize at the International Competition of Fontenay-Sous-Bois (FR)

1st prize at the II° International Competition "Révélation Guitar Classique" (FR)

1st prize at the 89° Leopold Bellan International Competition (FR)

1st prize at the XIII° National Guitar Competition of Ceyzeriat (FR)

Special Prize as the best interpretation of Joaquin Rodrigo´s work at the VIII° Changsha International Guitar Competition (CHN)

Special Audience Prize at the XIII° Guitar Competition of Ceyzeriat (FR)

Special Prize Max D. Jost (CH) 2019

3rd prize at the III° Pleven International Guitar Competition (BUL)

3rd prize at the I° Aalborg International Guitar Competition. (DK)

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Children's Corner
Music for Guitar

July 2023


2019 : Laureate Series

September 2020


A. Fillion : Concerto for Guitar

February 2020



June 2019

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Franz Schubert


Arranged by Johan Smith
Instrumentation: Solo guitar
Level: Advanced
12 pages
Publisher: d'Oz Publications

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Enrique Granados

Cuentos de la Juventud, Op.1

Arranged by Johan Smith
Instrumentation: Solo guitar
Level: Medium to advanced
20 pages
Publisher: d'Oz Publications


Robert Schumann

Kinderszenen, Op.15

Arranged by Johan Smith
Instrumentation: Solo guitar
Level: Medium to advanced
Publisher: d'Oz Publications

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