John Mery is a highly versatile and critically acclaimed guitarist with an extensive performance and recording resume as soloist, ensemble member and sideman. Highlights of recent performances include the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America International Festival, 2014 XXIV Annual Credomatic Costa Rica Music Festival, 2013 Buenos Aires College Music Society International Conference, Chintimini Chamber Music Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival. He has also recently performed as soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and with the Portland Opera and 3rd Angle New Music Ensemble. His newest solo recording “Argentina” was released in May 2015.
John is a founding member of the Oregon Guitar Quartet, a group that has released six highly acclaimed recordings on the Cube Squared Records label. In addition to being an ensemble member on the recordings John served as producer for the group’s 2013 release “Classic” and as principal recording engineer for the 2014 release “World Tour” and the 2015 release “Vocalise”
John is also a member of the quintet Tango Pacifico who released the successful 2010, all-Piazzolla release, “Revirado”. This work led to John becoming a D’Angelico Guitars “proudly endorsed artist. In 2008 he released the CD "Solo Guitar", a project that has become a popular on many streaming music services. John records exclusively for Cube Squared Records.
John holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Arizona where he had the opportunity to study under Tom Patterson and with great masters of the guitar such as Abel Carlevaro, David Russell and Oscar Ghilia. He has also studied in Spain, France and Italy. John was born in Santiago, Chile and speaks a number of languages fluently.
John is on the faculty of Lewis and Clark College and Portland Community College where he is the Chair of Performing Arts. He currently resides with his wife, daughter and son in Lake Oswego, Oregon.