International performances include San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Norway, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Banff, Canada, Quito Ecuador, Santiago Chile, and Argentina.
Radio and television credits include numerous Classical Broadcasts, including KQED in San Francisco, KWSP in Nevada City, KWSP in Santa Cruz, and other NPR stations.
Conductor Ken Hardin and LVJ have worked together on orchestral performances over the years. Hardin took a sabbatical retreat to the Grand Canyon where he orchestrated Fernando Sor’s guitar duet “Souvenir of Russia.” Hardin conducted and premiered this work with LVJ as the featured guitar soloist with Orchestra Panache.
LVJ performed guitar concerts and served on the planning committees of the inaugural season of Music in the Mountains. LVJ also served as a board member for the Twin Cities Concert Association, now called InConcert Sierra.
San Francisco State University
Seattle Space Needle Concerts
Idaho State University Program Board
Old First Center for the Arts — San Francisco
Boise State University
Village Early Music Society
University of San Francisco Concerts
Tahoe Historical Society
California Cultural Center — San Francisco
Hospice of the Foothills
Sierra Musical Arts Association
Music in the Mountains
Nevada County Historical Society
Nevada County Artist’s Guild
California Litman Series
South Lake Tahoe Community College
Twin Cities Concert Association
Classical Guitar Society of Portland
San Francisco Classical Guitar Society
Julia Davis Gallery Concerts — Boise
Guitar Extravaganza Concerts
City College of San Francisco
Tahoe Preservation Society
St. Joseph’s Cultural Center Concerts
KVMR – FM Featured Artist Series
Humboldt State University Concert Series
Borders, Books & Music Artists Series
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Old Town Eureka Concert Series
Quito — Ecuador — Exchange Series
Evergreen College — Olympia, WA
Sons of Norway — San Diego — Minneapolis
Sacramento State University
Banff School of Fine Arts — Canada
Orchestre Panache — Chamber Orchestra
“… rarely recorded works coupled with Louis Valentine Johnson’s great playing …” Carlos R. Alicea, BMC Records, New York City
“He succeeds beautifully. Johnson is a fine technician, articulating notes with clarity and warmth. His playing is dignified without seeming staid.. subtly
passionate…this recording’s quiet delicate beauty is its own reward.” Paul Harrar, The Union, Grass Valley, California
“I have listened to Louis Valentine’s Guitarra Classica I Album and it is very good! I keep this CD beside my
stereo at home.” William Glackin, Classical Music Critic, The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California
“This remarkable collection of mostly 16th Century Spanish Guitar music is performed with astonishing grace and restraint….Johnson’s playing is superb –
delightfully clear and tasteful – throughout this first in a series devoted to the history of music for the classical guitar.” Richard Dunk, KVMR — FM Program Guide, Sacramento, California
Photo of LVJ by Larry Scott
Louis Valentine Johnson has recently completed a composition titled “The Peace Concerto”. This work originally written for solo guitar, has also been orchestrated and arranged with additional instrumentations by LVJ and colleagues. The additional arrangements are for guitar and viola, guitar and clarinet, guitar and piano, guitar and string quartet. A guitar and symphony orchestra version is currently in progress.
Louis Valentine Johnson has also arranged “Twelve Moments” from “The Peace Concerto” for solo guitar.
For more information on additional LVJ works, please go to the Compositions page of this website.
Blackfoot High School, Blackfoot, Idaho.
Idaho State University, Bachelor of Arts Journalism.
Idaho State University, Bachelor of Music Guitar Performance.
LVJ was the first guitarist to graduate from the Idaho State University School of Fine Arts Music Department. He later became a faculty member and founded the study of Classical Guitar as a standard curriculum at the University in Pocatello, Idaho.
San Francisco State University, Master of Arts Guitar Performance, Honors Graduate.
LVJ and Conductor Kent Nagano were honored together by San Francisco State University as “Distinguished Alumni.”
LVJ later began a career as an Insurance Executive for over 20 years. This business activity earned LVJ the title from fellow musicians as “The Charles Ives of the Guitar.”
LVJ is a Vietnam Veteran of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division. He served in the 502nd Infantry (Rifleman) and the 321st Artillery Battalion, 105 mm Howitzers receiving an Honorable Discharge.
Narciso Yepes – San Francisco State University.
Christopher Parkening – The Sun Valley, Idaho Center for the Arts and Humanities.
Able Carlevaro – San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Julian Bream – San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Alirio Diaz – The Banff School of Fine Arts, Alberta, Canada.
|On the Dos Almas Music label:|
1. 21 Years
3. Malaguena California
4. Goodbye to Mexico
5. The Blue Hour
The Blue Hour, and in concerts, he has premiered a piece dedicated to him by New York composer, author and musicologist, Mark A. Radice.
Richard Middleton of the Victory Review, Seattle, WA wrote of the Blue Hour:
“…..Johnson is a skilled and sensitive interpreter not only of pieces by venerable masters…but also by contemporary composers such as Jose Luis Merlin and Mark Radice….. a beautiful album.”
Goodbye to Mexico, received funding from Meet the Composer, Inc., and was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, and the Virgil Thompson Foundation when it was released October 20, 2002. This recording features LVJ’s solo guitar compositions in American Reflections. Goodbye to Mexico memorializes Mexican and American citizens who have died at the Arizona-California-Mexico borders. Children Dancing is dedicated to children. Walking the Yuba River is a tribute to the peace and beauty of nature. LVJ’s composition September Eleventh, speaks to the families and tragedies of Manhattan,Washington DC and Pennsylvania.
FILMS AND VIDEOS
LVJ plays and records with a Jose Oribe “Gran Suprema” guitar and lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California.