Born in Los Angeles, GREGORY NEWTON began study of the guitar with Vahdah Olcott Bickford and attended the University of Southern California School of Music on scholarship, where he studied with Pepe Romero and from which he received B.M. and M.M. degrees with honors. His background also includes work with John Duarte in England, José Tomás in Spain, Alirio Diaz in Canada, classes with Andrés Segovia, flamenco studies with Luis Maravilla and jazz studies with Laurindo Almeida and Lee Ritenour. In 2007 he completed a doctoral degree under the direction of Dr. Peter Yates at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He has given concerts and masterclasses throughout Great Britain, the USA, Canada, South America, the Middle East, Scandinavia, and Western and Eastern Europe. He was the first American guitarist to perform in Poland, returning several times, and was honored with a special diploma from the Silesian Guitar Autumn Festival. He has been a frequent festival performer, with appearances including Oatridge, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Buxton, Huddersfield, Cannington, Walthamstow, Horncastle, Tecla Symposium and the City of London Festival (UK), Il de Re (France), Musikfestival in Altmühltal (Germany), Aalborg (Denmark), Brno (Czech Republic), Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Romania-America Music Days (Romania), Barquisimeto (Venezuela), Hermoupolis and Skopelos (Greece), Stradivari Series (Malta), Vrnjci Spa and Sabac (Serbia), Rust (Austria), Koscian and Tychy (Poland), Yizreel Valley (Israel) and the Guitar Foundation of America Festival (USA). Broadcasts include National Public Radio USA, United Airlines in-flight music, Digital Satellite Music Choice, Soundscapes television, BBC Radio, Bayerischen Rundfunk Bavaria, NRK Norwegian Radio, Danish Television, Serbia and Montenegro Radio and Television, Czech Television, Polish Radio and Television, Malta Radio, Telenews and TV Global (Brazil).
Although devoted to performance of music from around the world, Gregory Newton specializes in music of the USA and North America, and frequently gives concerts of exclusively American music. He is also an active composer and arranger, and has had numerous works of other composers dedicated to him. He has several recordings to his credit, including the Los Angeles Chamber Singers' Romancero Gitano, Jim Centorino's Portraits of America and Three Dreams, Deon Nielsen Price's SunRays, Filippo Voltaggio's Reel Italian, Tannoz Bahremand's The Feast of Lights, Elisabeth Waldo's Land of Golden Dreams and Song for the New World Peoples (video), Frederic Rawson's Le Guitare Magique and Le Flute Magique, World Disc's holiday music sampler Crystal Winter, and Frederick Noad's Solo Guitar Playing and Guitar Anthology series. He also performed the guitar solos for the CD accompanying The Music of William Foden, published by Mel Bay.
Dr. Newton is on the faculties of Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Valley College and Glendale College, teaching guitar, music theory and music appreciation. He is also the classical guitar instructor on videoguitarlessons.com, a new educational website. He is president of the American Guitar Society, director of the AGS International Concert Series, a member of the Board of Directors of the Guitar Foundation of America, has been a frequent contributor to guitar periodicals, and adjudicates on national and international competitions. In 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005 he was awarded with inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and in 2006 was included in Who's Who in America.