Julian Bream Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Julian Bream in1964(Photo: Wikipedia)
Julian Bream in1964(Photo: Wikipedia)

Guitarist Julian Bream is the recipient of the 2013 Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award.  Previous recipients include Claudio Abbado, Janet Baker, Alfred Brendel and Andre Previn.

The star-studded ceremony takes place this evening in London.  Last week the English paper the Guardian had an engaging interview with the 80 year old master of the guitar and lute.  The interview reveals more than I could say in a few paragraphs, so I encourage you to read it if you are interested in this great English guitarist.

Julian Bream has been heard on our weekly classical guitar program Fretworks, and will no doubt be heard in the future as well here on Classical 101.  Here is a sample of the fine artistry of this great spirit and promoter of the classical guitar and its repertoire:

And here he is playing the lute: