John Schneider is the Grammy® award winning guitarist, composer, author and broadcaster whose weekly television and radio programs have brought the sound of the guitar into millions of homes. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics & Music from the University of Wales, music degrees from the University of California and the Royal College of Music (London), and is past President of the Guitar Foundation of America. A specialist in contemporary music, Schneider’s The Contemporary Guitar(University of California Press) has become the standard text in the field.
For the past three decades, the artist has performed almost exclusively on the Well-Tempered Guitar, which uses different patterns of fretting according to the key or tuning system required. Recitals include Renaissance and Baroque repertoire in their original temperaments, as well as contemporary music in alternative tunings by such composers as Lou Harrison, Ben Johnston & others.
John Schneider is music Professor at Pierce College in Los Angeles, guitarist for Grammy® Winning Southwest Chamber Music, music director for Just Strings, Partch, and is the founding artistic director of MicroFest [the annual festival of microtonal music www.MicroFest.org], and founder of MicroFest Records. His radio show Global Village can be heard weekly on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK at 90.7-fm in Los Angeles & worldwide at www.kpfk.org.