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)

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Age: 21

Influences: Greg Howe, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny

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Jayden Tatsciore (Perth, Australia)

Age: 12

Influences: Synyster Gates, Angus Young, Slash

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Miyuna (Tokyo, Japan)

Age: 19

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

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Gaétan Ponzio (Allaugh, France)

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Age: 15

Influences: Metallica, Slash, Iron Maiden

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Kris Niepert (Beijing, China)

Age: 20

Influences: Billie Joe Armstrong, Tom Morello

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Asher Belsky (San Francisco, CA, USA)

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Age: 16

Influences: Derek Trucks, Marcus King, Duane Allman.

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Irene Esteban Teijeira (Pontevedra, Spain)

Age: 18

Influences: Nirvana, AC/DC.

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Reece Malone (Longview, TX)

Age: 17

Influences: Derek Trucks, Philip Sayce, Eric Gales

IG: @reecemalonemusic (opens in new tab)

Phoenix Knight (Austin, TX) 

Age: 20

Influences: Tim Henson, Van Halen, Yvette Young.

IG: @phoenix.steel.knight (opens in new tab)

Jack Goodacre (London, UK)

Age: 16

Influences: John Mayer, Joe Bonamassa, James Bay

IG: @jackgoodacremusic (opens in new tab)

Diego Flores (Pontevedra, Spain)

Age: 17

Influences: Nirvana, Pixies, grunge music

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Isa Zwart (Emmen, The Netherlands)

Age: 21

Influences: Jimi Hendrix

IG: @isza.official (opens in new tab)

Ben Goldsmith (New York City, NY, USA)

Age: 16

Influences: John Mayer, Slash, Freddie King.

IG: @bengoldsmithmusic (opens in new tab)

Noah Eckstein (Dallas, TX, USA)

Age: 17

Influences: Tommy Emmanuel, The Eagles, Brian May.

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Mariña Paz Otero (Pontevedra, Spain)

Age: 18

Influences: The Sonics, Foo Fighters

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Otto Jr Lagarhus (Tonsberg, Norway)

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Age: 15

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

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Sonny French (Nashville, TN, USA)

Age: 14

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

IG: @sonnyfrenchmusic (opens in new tab)

Carter Wilkinson (New Orleans, LA, USA)

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Age: 21

Influences: Robben Ford, Philip Sayce, Albert King.

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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. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.