Biography

Jon Gjylaci is a Greek-Albanian classical guitarist based in the UK and is regarded as one of the leading young guitarists of his generation. He is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music where he studied under the internationally acclaimed guitarist Craig Ogden.

Jon regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician within the UK and across Europe and has performed with Manchester String Orchestra and the Northern String Quartet. Recent performances include concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Guitar Circle’s 70th Anniversary Concert alongside the celebrated Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang.

Jon is a BBC Classical Introducing artist and has been featured and performed live on BBC Radio 3.

Jon regularly commissions composers to write new music for the guitar. The British composer Helen Walker has written and dedicated to him a set of 5 original compositions entitled ‘Five Divertissements’. In 2015, Jon gave the world premiere as part of the International Guitar in Bolton concert series.

Jon has released two critically acclaimed solo guitar albums and Classical Guitar Magazine has commented on his “…very impressive technical ability, which enables him to flash around the fingerboard in an apparent effortless manner” and wrote: ‘’… a highly talented player.’’

Also, The Guardian wrote ‘’…when in the impressively expert hands of Greek-Albanian Jon Gjylaci, [the guitar’s] versatility is immediately apparent.’’

Jon is in increasing demand as a performer due to his wide ranging repertoire, “brilliant interpretations”, “compelling quality to his guitar playing” and his ability to connect with the audience. He currently holds the post of guitar tutor at the Junior RNCM and Bolton School.