John Shrestha, a seasoned guitarist and dedicated educator, has carved a remarkable path in the world of music. Born in Nepal, his passion for the guitar and fervor for music education have propelled him through a series of notable experiences.

John Shrestha - A Musical Journey

Academic Pursuits:

John’s academic journey led him to the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, where he earned a Degree in Teacher’s Pedagogical Studies. This endeavor was a collaborative project between the Nepal Music Center and the Sibelius Academy, marking a pivotal step in his professional growth.

Employment History:

  • Sound Technician at Studio Mandala (2011-2013): His role as a sound technician at Studio Mandala showcased his adeptness in managing recording and mixing processes, along with a knack for optimizing recording sessions.
  • Band Member at 7th Gravity (2010-2013): During this time, John not only showcased his talents as a guitarist but also lent his skills as a sound technician to the band’s recording sessions.
  • Band Member at “Sabin Rai & The Pharaoh” (Since August 2016): John’s journey as a guitarist continued with “Sabin Rai & The Pharaoh,” where he has been an integral part of the group.
  • Guitar Tutor at Nepal Music School (2009-2018) and Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory (2021-2022): His role as a guitar tutor at the Nepal Music School has been marked by a commitment to teaching and guiding aspiring musicians in various musical skills.
  • Guitar Master Class at Sangeet Pathshala (Nov 3rd to 13th, 2023).

Projects and Performances:

John’s impressive portfolio of projects and performances includes collaborations with organizations like “Aangan Foundation Nepal,” the “Chevrolet Concert Series,” and participation in tribute bands. Notably, he shared the stage with Mr. Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, in 2016. John also organized and performed in guitar clinics at the Nepal Music Center.

In 2023, John Shrestha as a part of “The Pharaoh” embarked on a mission to enrich the musical landscape by conducting engaging workshops at renowned institutions such as Sangeet Pathshala, Kaleidoscope Music Academy, Syna Music Stores, and more. These workshops aimed to inspire and educate aspiring musicians, fostering a creative exchange of musical ideas and techniques. 

Research and Educational Initiatives:

John’s dedication to music education extended to his participation in research presentations at the “Cultural Diversity in Music Educate (CDIME)” Conference in 2017 and the “International Society for Music Education (ISME) Conference” in 2017. He also engaged in co-teaching sessions at the Sibelius Academy in Finland.

Laye’le Shikchya – An Artist at Work:

As a strong advocate for music education, John was actively involved in the “Laye’le Shikchya” project, which aimed to promote music education in diverse settings. His efforts included conducting educational workshops and sessions, leaving a lasting impact on aspiring musicians.


John Shrestha’s academic contributions culminated in his written work, “Peer Teaching and Learning in a Nepali Rock Band,” as part of his Teacher’s Pedagogical Studies at the University of Arts, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland. This work stands as a testament to his dedication to music pedagogy.


John Shrestha’s undeniable talent and contributions to the music industry have been recognized through his endorsement as a D’Addario, Sahana Guitar (John Shrestha Signature Guitar Series “Nyauli”) and EMG Pickups artist, a testament to his proficiency and influence in the world of music.

John Shrestha’s journey as a guitarist and educator is not merely a chronological sequence of events but a testament to his unyielding dedication to the art of music and a commitment to passing on his knowledge to the next generation of musicians. His contributions to the Nepali music scene, along with his educational initiatives, continue to resonate with aspiring artists and enthusiasts alike.

"Harmonizing Hearts, Inspiring Minds: Explore the Melodic World of John Shrestha"

John Shrestha