Ben Johnson Bio

 Dr. Ben Johnson, guitar

Dr. Ben Johnson, guitar

As an active performer and teacher Mr. Johnson currently serves as the Head of the Classical Guitar Department, Director of Classical Guitar Ensembles, and Professor of Music Theoryat Colorado State University in Pueblo.  He also teaches outreach programs for the Colorado Springs Conservatory.  As an ambassador of the guitar Mr. Johnson is dedicated to performing works for the guitar from all eras of music in many venues conventional and unconventional.  As an avid chamber musician has recently performed in collaborated chamber music featuring the works of Astor Piazolla.  Mr. Johnson has worked with several composers such as Stephen Goss, Chappell Kingsland, and Nicolas Deyoe.  He performed the world premier of two guitar preludes by Nicolas Deyoe and assisted Chappell Kingsland and Safonia, a women’s vocal ensemble, on a Christmas album in 2006.  He also has released a solo album entitled Art of Guitar in 2003.  His guitar duo, Duo Soledead, took home the top prize for professional ensembles at the Guitar Ensemble Competition at the University of Texas, Brownsville in 2008.  Mr. Johnson has had the opportunity to perform in many masterclasses with some of the most renowned guitarists in the world including Paul Galbraith, Judicael Perroy, Nikita Koshkin, Simone Fontanelli, and Wulfin Lieske.  He also received his undergrad training under the internationally renowned guitarist Jonathan Leathwood and his graduate training from Ricardo Iznaola, one of the most sought after guitar pedagogues in the world.  When he is not performing or teaching he enjoys his time with his wife and three children.