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John Schneider is an internationally recognized guitarist, composer, author and broadcaster whose weekly television and radio programs have brought the sound of the guitar into millions of homes for the past twenty-five years. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics and Music from the University of Wales, music degrees from the University of California and the Royal College of Music (London), and is past president of the Guitar Foundation of America. A specialist in contemporary music, Schneider’s _The Contemporary Guitar _(University of California Press) has become the standard text in the field.   

For the past two decades, the artist has performed almost exclusively on the Well-Tempered Guitar, which uses different patterns of fretting according to the key or tuning system required. Recitals include Renaissance and Baroque repertoire in their original temperaments, as well as contemporary music in alternative tunings by such composers as Lou Harrison, Ben Johnston and others.

He has performed in Europe, Japan & throughout North America, and been soloist on NPR’s “Performance Today” and a frequent guest on PRI’s “New Sounds” (WNYC). He has been featured by New Music America, New York’s American Festival of Microtonal Music, Denver’s Microstock, California’s Mozart Festival, the DaCamera Society, Southwest Chamber Music, New American Music Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The Outsider, BBC’s documentary film on Harry Partch.

Schneider has also performed at the Norton Simon Museum and the Getty Center, and made his Disney Hall debut premiering Harry Partch’s complete Bitter Music. He works as a music professor at Pierce College in Los Angeles, is music director for Just Strings and is the founding artistic director of MicroFest, an annual festival of microtonal music.

His radio show “Global Village” can be heard weekly on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK at 90.7 FM in Los Angeles and worldwide on the Internet (

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