04 December 2011

Johan Lofving

Johan Löfving was born in Sweden in 1989 and started to play the guitar at the age of nine at the local Music School with Lars Eriksson. Three years later he started to study privately with the distinguished Norwegian Guitar Professor Sven Lundestad and between 2005 and 2008 he attended Södra Latin´s Upper Secondary School in Stockholm, were Bo Hansson was his guitar teacher. At Södra Latin he also studied conducting with Jan Risberg. He is currently studying with Gary Ryan at the Royal College of Music in London were he also studies theorbo with Jakob Lindberg. In the autumn of 2010 he studied with Eliot Fisk at the Mozarteum in Salzburg as a part of the Erasmus Exchange Programme.
In October 2011 Johan was awarded the First Prize in the Young Talent Concert at the Uppsala Guitar Festival in Sweden with the following motivation: "Despite of demanding programme he did the best performance. Good control and tone. Mature playing with great expression."
Johan was also awarded the First Prize in the National Swedish Competition for young guitarists in 2006 and one year later he received the Jörgen Rörby Scholarship from the Swedish Guitar and Lute Society. At the Royal College of Music he has been awarded both the Guitar Prize and the Hilda Anderson Dean Prize.  Johan has also participated in numerous masterclasses with guitarists such as Eduardo Fernandez, Zoran Dukic and Paul Galbraith.
Since 2008, he performs regularly with the flautist Yu-Wei Hu under the name Duo Flauguissimo and together they have performed in London venues such as King's Place and V&A Museum as well as in the Cadogan Hall Lunchtime Concert Series. He has also performed in venues such as the Amaryllis Flemming Concert Hall, The Forges and the Pump Room in Bath.
His passion for new music has resulted in several world premieres of both solo and chamber works, notably by the highly acclaimed British composer and guitarist Sam Cave.
Johan plays on a guitar made by the Norwegian Luthier Yngvar Thomassen.