John Birt - Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar
John Birt is a classical guitarist who has proven his versatility on many stages throughout the world. His performances have included solo and chamber repertoire that extend from the Renaissance to the present, including several premieres of New England based composers.
A native of Rhode Island, John was a self-taught musician before entering Rhode Island College in the fall of 2007. Once enrolled, he began studying classical guitar with Eric Christensen, which sparked a fascination with early music through transcription and contemporary works with new or extended techniques. Outside of solo performance, John also maintains a wide experience of ensemble work through many chamber duos and trios, jazz groups, and orchestras, both as a performer and conductor.
John is currently completing a Master’s degree at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, where he studies with internationally recognized pedagogue and performer, Richard Provost. He has participated in several master classes presented by Oscar Ghiglia, Andrew York, Odair Assad of the Assad Duo, and Scott Tennant of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He currently resides in West Hartford, working as a private music instructor while seeking out local coffee shops and used bookstores.