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date: 16 September 2019

Bream, Julian (Alexander)locked

  • Peter Sensier
  • , revised by Graham Wade



(b Battersea, London, July 15, 1933). English guitarist and lutenist. He was taught by his father, and played to the Cheltenham Guitar Circle at the age of 14. He then studied at the RCM, working privately at the guitar, which at that time was not taught there. He made his London début in 1950, and was soon playing throughout Britain to audiences for whom hearing the classical guitar in public was a new experience. Recitals in Switzerland in 1954 led to European tours. In 1956 he met Villa-Lobos, and the following year gave the first British performance of his Guitar Concerto. His American début was in 1958, and soon after he made his first tours of the Far East and south-east Asia.

In 1950 Bream began to study the Renaissance lute, on which he quickly became a leading performer. His collaboration with Peter Pears in Elizabethan lute-songs led to a revival of interest in this music and influenced Berkeley, Britten, Henze and Tippett, among others, to write for voice and guitar. In ...

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