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


"As one listens to Johan Smith play, it’s manifestly obvious why he won the 2019 GFA.

Here is a tremendously gifted guitarist and musical artist, and his Naxos album

compels hearing by all guitar lovers." 





       Winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Competition in 2019 and defined as the

"Classical Guitar Revelation 2017" by the french magazine "Guitar Classique", Johan Smith has been invited to perform

in renowned festivals, as concert and soloist, with orchestras such as the Budapest Symphony Orchestra,

the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra. He released his new album with Naxos in 2020,

and is currently preparing for a tour that will see him perform in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China

and at Carnegie Hall in New York.

His particular interest in contemporary music has led him to collaborate with several composers,

including Josquin Schwizgebel and Arnaud Fillion who dedicated him his "Concerto for Guitar and 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 the founder, composer, performer and graphic designer

in the extreme metal band "Stortregn", with whom he has already recorded four albums and toured the world since 2005.


Johan is doing his victory lap around the United States after winning

the 2019 Guitar Foundation of America Rose Augustine Grand Prize!

Come join us in welcoming Johan to Louisville and stay for the jaw-dropping virtuosity

we’ve come to appreciate from the GFA winners each year.

Johan will share an inspired program of Bach, Britten, Rodrigo, Metheny, Mozart, and Schwizgebel.

To purchase tickets, follow the PayPal button below, and please be sure to thoroughly read through the

University of Louisville's important COVID-19 policies for in-person concerts and events. 






If you are able and would like to, you can add a donation onto your ticket order to support LGS! Please read the concert guidelines below. Thank you!

2022 Spring Concert Attendance Covid-19 Policy:


It warms our heart to welcome you back to our live concert series! With the University of Louisville as our gracious venue host we are beholden to their COVID safety policies. 


Please read thoroughly:

  • Proof of vaccination is NO longer required at the door for each concert.

  • Seating will be limited in all concert halls with prearranged spacing to allow for physical distancing.

  • All who enter the Music building, for any reason, must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth completely at all times.

  • Regardless of one’s vaccination status, we expect that anyone feeling unwell on the day of an event will refrain from attending so as not to risk their own health or the health of others.


With service to our community as our guiding tenet, we thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness to these guidelines. 


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*Tickets are available at the door but guests who do not purchase in advance will have a required online sign-up process on Eventbrite.com.