"...A tantalizing musical mix...Rich in many small artistic effects...He makes the guitar sing."- Craig Schiff, The Audiophile Voice
"Lehmann-Haupt is a fantastic guitar player at home in folk, world, jazz, or classical genres."-Don Jacobson, KVMR FM
"John Lehmann-Haupt's aptitude is beautifully displayed on this disc."- Guitar Player
"...sensitive, complex, and frequently very beautiful."- The Berkshire Eagle
"John Lehmann-Haupt is a true guitarist. The sweetness and the bite of the guitar are unmistakable in his playing."- Barry Ulanov, former Downbeat columnist
"I admired the fastidiousness and harp-like registration of Lehmann-Haupt's transcription of a Prelude from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier."- Allan Kozinn, Guitar Review
John Lehmann-Haupt received his first guitar on his fifth birthday. His childhood exposure to the recordings of guitarist Andrés Segovia alongside those by country, blues, and jazz artists brought him an early understanding of the guitar's extraordinary expressive range. John's intensive study of classical technique, harmony, and musical structure gave him the tools to embark on the twin paths of classical interpretation and song arrangement he has dedicated himself to ever since.
Over four decades of concert activity, John has found that his programs (usually with spoken commentary) appeal to an unusually broad audience, interweaving classical works with his fluently voiced arrangements of popular and traditional songs in a way that delivers both contrast and continuity.
John has written extensively on music and the guitar. He was a staff instructor at New York's American Institute of Guitar from 1982 until its closing in 2008, and he has served on the Board of Directors of the New York City Classical Guitar Society since 2006.
"As on the first Songs of the Guitar, I offer here a program that covers a lot of territory, with transitions that work in unexpected ways - from a traditional ballad to Bach, from the distant chime of Debussy's Et la Lune Descend to the warm murmur of Tim Hardin's Misty Roses, from Stevie Wonder's subtle, slinking Creepin' to the sweet blues of Jimmy Reed's Honest I Do." – John Lehmann-Haupt
"John Lehmann-Haupt again displays his considerable talents not only in performance but also in arranging non-guitar works for six nylon strings with creativity and impeccable sensitivity to the character of a wide range of genres." – Amazon review
From 1981 until 1993, John performed nightly at New York's Windows on the World in the acclaimed Cellar in the Sky, atop the World Trade Center; the engagement was cited for musical excellence by the New York Times in 1986.
With his background in music, John began writing professionally in the area of music journalism, publishing articles in the New York Times and magazines including Acoustic Guitar, Strings, and Family Life.
In the late 1990s he expanded his work to include corporate communications and promotional writing for clients including IBM, Bristol-Myers Squibb, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and wine importer Frederick Wildman & Sons. From 2001 until 2017, John was on the corporate communications team at publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., writing for internal and external audiences alike.From a 2011 employee communications survey conducted by publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; John was a member of Wiley's corporate communications team from 2001 until 2017.
John contributed to the Wiley annual report from 2005 through 2011, drafting items such as these sidebars from the 2009 report.
John conducted interviews and wrote several sections for the company history Knowledge for Generations: Wiley and the Global Publishing Industry, 1807-2007, such as this sidebar on the origin of the popular For Dummies brand.
A short history of CrossRef, provider of an online reference linking service used by virtually every scholarly publisher. John also wrote CrossRef's annual report every year from its incorporation in 2000 through 2015.
Excerpt from the 26-page promotional food/wine/travel booklet Etoiles, for wine importer Frederick Wildman & Sons.
In this 1993 New York Times article, John gives a musician's-eye view of one of New York's premier restaurants.
Another New York Times article, on the resurgence of the acoustic guitar.
An article on guitarist Eliot Fisk, for the magazine Acoustic Guitar. Fisk was very pleased with the article and had it posted on his Web site for several years.
From the booklet to the Deutsche Grammophon boxed CD set The Segovia Collection, the article "Segovia in the Recording Studio," based on a interview with Segovia's longtime producer Israel Horowitz
An article from IBM's Think Research magazine on the encryption of DVD content.
Credited as editor, John wrote the text of the woodworking project book Marvelous Transforming Toys in consultation with master craftsman Jim Mackowicki, listed as author.