Hear the talented young guitarists Gibson has chosen for its Generation Group

The Gibson Generation Group (G3) is a group of talented young musicians from around the world who have been chosen to receive one-on-one career growth opportunities, mentoring and develop lasting connections in the music industry from the Gibson Leadership and Cultural Influence teams. 


Carter Wilkinson  (Image credit: Gibson)

The 2021 Gibson Generation Group includes players – many teenagers – spanning a wide variety of genres of music from countries including China, France, India, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, England, Spain, and the USA.


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The musicians will receive "global, one-of-a-kind performance opportunities with music superstars and brand partners, participate in global advertising campaigns, create, and receive quality content and promotion to build their audience to hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide."


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There's some incredible talent here and it's great to see Gibson supporting these young artists. So let's hear them… 

Esani Dey (Mumbai, India)

Age: 21

Influences: Greg Howe, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny

IG: @esanidey

Jayden Tatsciore (Perth, Australia)

Age: 12

Influences: Synyster Gates, Angus Young, Slash

IG: @jayden_tatasciore

Miyuna (Tokyo, Japan)

Age: 19

Influences: ONE OK ROCK, Koji Tamaki, Ringo Sheena.

IG: @miyuna_miyuna

Gaétan Ponzio (Allaugh, France)

Age: 15

Influences: Metallica, Slash, Iron Maiden

IG: @gaetan_ponzio

Kris Niepert (Beijing, China)

Age: 20

Influences: Billie Joe Armstrong, Tom Morello

Weibo: @war_n_t

Asher Belsky (San Francisco, CA, USA)

Age: 16

Influences: Derek Trucks, Marcus King, Duane Allman.

IG: @asherbelsky

Irene Esteban Teijeira (Pontevedra, Spain)

Age: 18

Influences: Nirvana, AC/DC.

IG: @furious_monkey_house

Reece Malone (Longview, TX)

Age: 17

Influences: Derek Trucks, Philip Sayce, Eric Gales

IG: @reecemalonemusic

Phoenix Knight (Austin, TX) 

Age: 20

Influences: Tim Henson, Van Halen, Yvette Young.

IG: @phoenix.steel.knight

Jack Goodacre (London, UK)

Age: 16

Influences: John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa, James Bay

IG: @jackgoodacremusic

Diego Flores (Pontevedra, Spain)

Age: 17

Influences: Nirvana, Pixies, grunge music

IG: @furious_monkey_house

Isa Zwart (Emmen, The Netherlands)

Age: 21

Influences: Jimi Hendrix

IG: @isza.official

Ben Goldsmith (New York City, NY, USA)

Age: 16

Influences: John Mayer, Slash, Freddie King.

IG: @bengoldsmithmusic

Noah Eckstein (Dallas, TX, USA)

Age: 17

Influences: Tommy Emmanuel, The Eagles, Brian May.

IG: @noahecksteinmusic

Mariña Paz Otero (Pontevedra, Spain)

Age: 18

Influences: The Sonics, Foo Fighters

IG: @furious_monkey_house

Otto Jr Lagarhus (Tonsberg, Norway)

Age: 15

Influences: B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chris Cain.

IG: @ottojuniormusic

Sonny French (Nashville, TN, USA)

Age: 14

Influences: Buck Owens & his Buckaroos, Merle Haggard & The Strangers, The Eagles

IG: @sonnyfrenchmusic

Carter Wilkinson (New Orleans, LA, USA)

Age: 21

Influences: Robben Ford, Philip Sayce, Albert King.

IG: @carter_wilkinson2

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.