Born in San Juan, John is an avid performer and composer for the classical guitar. In 2015, he recorded his debut album titled Fronteras. In December 2018 he made his debut as guest soloist with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra performing Manuel Ponce's Concierto del Sur. As a composer, his works have been performed in Puerto Rico, Spain, Cuba, Italy, El Salvador, the United Kingdom and the United States by groups such as the Soundscapes Festival Sinfonietta and the El Salvador Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 he was awarded the Anthony and Susan Chow Scholarship, which gave him the opportunity to continue his graduate studies in composition at the King’s College London under the supervision of Silvina Milstein.
Among his current projects is his recently formed duo with the world renowned classical guitarist Dieter Hennings. Duo Contradanza originated with the purpose of exploring new avenues of repertoire outside the conventional classical guitar duo canon. Hennings and Rivera Pico started collaborating at the SoundSCAPES new music festival in Italy and have joined forces to commission new works and celebrate new pieces written since the last quarter of the twentieth century.