1954 in Berkeley, California, John Stover began his guitar studies
at age ten and later received degrees from the Peabody and San Francisco
Conservatories. His teachers included Angel Romero, Aaron Shearer,
Georg Sakellariou and Sophocles Papas.
In 1980, his debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall resulted in four encores
and a full standing ovation. The New York Times wrote: "He played
as though the guitar were his best friend, and though the two of them
wanted to share the truths they had hit upon. When counterpoint was
involved, it emerged with a gentle clarity; when color and rhythmic
complexity were required, they were forthcoming. Nothing was tense,
strained or too difficult."
Of his first recording, Guitar Player Magazine wrote: "The young
artist's command of his instrument's resources is impeccable, but
more important, through his sensitive phrasing and exquisite tone
color, Stover shows that he never loses sight of the deeper structure
and emotional content of the music." John Stover was widely seen
on television in the USA on the Arts & Entertainment network.
He performed extensively with orchestras and chamber groups and in
solo recitals in San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, New
Orleans, Miami, Washington, D.C., Rio de Janiero and other cities.
From 1980 until 1989, John Stover was the head of the guitar department
at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis). Many
of his students are now professional musicians & renowned teachers.
In his spare time he enjoyed sports and antique car restoration. He
passed away on August 3, 2011.
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