Born in 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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