Into the Rose-Garden: in memory of Julian Bream by Angelo Gilardino

The classical guitarist and lutenist JULIAN BREAM, who passed away peacefully at his home on Friday 14 August 2020 has left a great a legacy which will continue to be a source of inspiration for many generations to come. As a ‘thank you’, the Italian guitarist Andrea De Vitis commissioned the Italian composer, guitarist and musicologist Angelo Gilardino to…

Marking the 40th day since the death of Julian Bream

The classical guitarist and lutenist JULIAN BREAM, who celebrated his 87th birthday on 15 July 2020, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday 14 August 2020. To mark the 40th day since Julian Bream’s death, I found this performance by Alberto Mesirca of Federico Mompou’s Suite Compostelana particularly expressive. Recorded at Teatro Accademico of Castelfranco Veneto, 24…

Leo Brouwer’s Tribute to Julian Bream and his Concerto Elegiaco

The classical guitarist and lutenist JULIAN BREAM Friday 14 August 2020 The Cuban composer, conductor and guitarist, Leo Brouwer has had a long and fruitful musical connection with Julian Bream as he so eloquently expresses in this tribute which he published on 14 August 2020. This long-standing musical relationship has produced some of the finest of…

HOMMAGE À ROLAND DYENS: His 62nd Birthday

On this day, 19 October 2017, we remember Roland Dyens, who would have been celebrating his 62nd birthday. The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris will commemorate his birthday with a concert this evening of music and musicians who have been inspired by and who inspired Roland Dyens: ROLAND DYENS Tunis, Tunisia, 5th movement Hamsa extract Olivier…

Uruguayan guitarist Olga Pierri (1914–2016)

IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS that I write of the death of OLGA PIERRI on Wednesday 28 September 2016. So great was her love of the guitar that she was playing and still teaching up to a few weeks before her death. On 3 June 2016 she celebrated her 102nd birthday. Olga Pierri regularly performed live on radio both as a soloist…

Classical Guitar marks Colin Cooper’s 90th

Colin was born on 5 July 1926 – today would have been his 90th birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COLIN! I know that he is missed by so many of us in the classical guitar world, as he was such an important part of so many guitarists lives, writing about them, photographing them, corresponding with them at…

Peter Sculthorpe 1929–2014

THE AUSTRALIAN composer Peter Sculthorpe was born in Tasmania and started to compose after his first lesson in piano, despite the strong disapproval of his piano teacher. He won a scholarship to attend the University of Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music and then in 1958 was awarded the Lizette Bentwich Scholarship for doctoral studies at Wadham College, Oxford,…