Juan's World

Guitarist, Composer, Writer, Publisher

John W. Warren is a classical guitarist, composer, and publisher, originally from Santa Cruz, California, now residing in the Washington DC area. Specializing in Latin American classical guitar, Warren performs his own compositions as well as the music of Baden Powell, Agustín Barrios Mangoré, Leo Brouwer, Luis Bonfá, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Eduardo Falú, and many others.

He studied with classical guitarist Wilbur Cotton in Compton, California, and subsequently with Richard (Rico) Stover. Stover, an expert on the guitar music of Latin America, is well
known for having rediscovered Barrios, whose music had been nearly forgotten by history, and is the editor of the four-volume  Complete Works of Agustín Barrios Mangoré as well as author of Six Silver Moonbeams, a biography of the great Paraguayan guitarist and composer.

Warren has performed in the United States in Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, Pittsburgh, Miami, and Washington DC, and in many different countries including Brazil, Peru, and Mexico: in concert and on the radio; at fine restaurants, cafés, and art galleries; and for weddings and private events.

A publishing professional, Warren is a veteran of more than twenty years in the publishing industry, specializing in digital publishing, scholarly publishing, and marketing. He is also a professor of publishing, a frequent speaker at international publishing conferences, and has published several articles about publishing.

Warren is married to Yolanda, a writer and interpreter, and has four children, who are all involved in music.


Photographer: Caroline Strunk

Musician: John W. Warren