John WILLIAMS

Biography

Gender Male
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Birthdate 1941-04-24
Education Accademia Musicale di Siena Italy (scholarship), Royal Coll of Music
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Style John Williams, Esq, AO
Career guitarist; taught by father from age 4, later studied with Andrés Segovia, USA and Japan debuts 1963; appeared with many Br orchs and at many Br festivals, toured extensively in Europe, N and S America, Soviet Union, Far E and Australia; one of the first classical musicians to appear at Ronnie Scott's jazz club, fndr memb of popular music gps SKY 1979-84 and John Williams and Friends 1983-, formed contemporary music ensemble Attacca 1991 (with whom toured UK and Australia 1992), tours with Harvey and John Etheridge; artistic dir and music advsr South Bank Summer Music Festival 1984-85, artistic dir Melbourne Arts Festival Australia 1987; work written for him by composers incl: Leo Brouwer, Peter Sculthorpe, Stephen Dodgson, André Previn; performed with orchs incl: Royal Philharmonic, LSO, City of Birmingham Symphony, English Chamber, Australian Chamber, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Acad of St Martin-in-the-Fields, all other major Br orchs; appeared at venues incl: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Fairfield Hall, Salle Pleyel Paris, Hong Kong Cultural Centre (inaugural concerts 1989), NEC Birmingham (10th Anniversary concert, with CBSO); appeared at festivals incl: BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Chichester, Exeter, Cardiff, Perth and Adelaide Festivals Aust, Toronto Int Guitar Festival, South Bank Latin American Festival, Lichfield, St Albans, Melbourne Arts Festival; performed European première of Nigel Westlake's Antarctica (for guitar and orch) with LSO under Kent Nagano Barbican Hall 1992; numerous TV appearances incl LWT South Bank Show documentary on life and work; past performances with Julian Bream, Paco Peña, Itzhak Perlman, André Previn, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Inti Illimani, etc; >ir< major guitar works and numerous concertos incl John Williams plays The Movies, The Magic Box; El Diablo Suelto - Venezuelan Guitar Music, The Ultimate Guitar Collection, Places Between (with John Etheridge)
Food and drink etiquette

Food and drink etiquette

Debrett's notebooks

Debrett's notebooks

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