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Asturias-John Williams
Asturias-John Williams
Published: 2007/04/13
Channel: Rmontoya
John Williams - 500 Years of Guitar
John Williams - 500 Years of Guitar
Published: 2014/07/02
Channel: Acoustic Library
John Williams   Ultimate Guitar Collection CD1
John Williams Ultimate Guitar Collection CD1
Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: 이상호
John Williams (Classical Guitar) at the BBC - 2016 (HD)
John Williams (Classical Guitar) at the BBC - 2016 (HD)
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: RareGuitarVC
John Williams : Joaquín Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez 2005
John Williams : Joaquín Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez 2005
Published: 2013/11/10
Channel: 2013brb87
Duo Classical Guitar - Julian Bream & John Williams - Guitar Recital.avi
Duo Classical Guitar - Julian Bream & John Williams - Guitar Recital.avi
Published: 2012/02/07
Channel: Marek Kunta
John Williams Guitar J S Bach Prelude from Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major
John Williams Guitar J S Bach Prelude from Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major
Published: 2012/06/04
Channel: Nathan Cragg
JOHN WILLIAMS & ( SKY II ) - PART 1/7 - TOCCATA
JOHN WILLIAMS & ( SKY II ) - PART 1/7 - TOCCATA
Published: 2012/12/02
Channel: MIGHTYJLY
Rare Guitar Video: John Williams plays Suite in F by Sylvius Leopold Weiss
Rare Guitar Video: John Williams plays Suite in F by Sylvius Leopold Weiss
Published: 2014/10/20
Channel: RareGuitarVC
Recuerdos de la Alhambra played by John Williams
Recuerdos de la Alhambra played by John Williams
Published: 2009/03/05
Channel: Tremolo234
John Williams meets Greg Smallman
John Williams meets Greg Smallman
Published: 2012/08/06
Channel: sierranavada11
John Williams - Cavatina (Live 1979)
John Williams - Cavatina (Live 1979)
Published: 2008/04/29
Channel: Joe Mullan
Guitarist John Williams vs me
Guitarist John Williams vs me
Published: 2016/06/01
Channel: quartytypo
Cavatina John Williams best-ever performance (live on TV)
Cavatina John Williams best-ever performance (live on TV)
Published: 2016/04/05
Channel: Nam Le
Schindler
Schindler's List
Published: 2008/08/30
Channel: notime2006
John Williams Interview - Part 1 - The Early Years
John Williams Interview - Part 1 - The Early Years
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: GuitarCoop
John Williams - El Diablo Suelto (Guitar Music of Venezuela 2003 Full Album)
John Williams - El Diablo Suelto (Guitar Music of Venezuela 2003 Full Album)
Published: 2016/07/03
Channel: Gabriel Duarte Martinez
Rare Guitar Video: John Williams & Kevin Peek play Danza Paraguaya & Valse Criollo
Rare Guitar Video: John Williams & Kevin Peek play Danza Paraguaya & Valse Criollo
Published: 2016/05/08
Channel: RareGuitarVC
JOAQUIN RODRIGO  &  JOHN WILLIAMS  Concierto de Aranjuez  (Adagio)
JOAQUIN RODRIGO & JOHN WILLIAMS Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)
Published: 2013/03/25
Channel: roger b
Liebestraum 3 Liszt classical guitar John Williams Live
Liebestraum 3 Liszt classical guitar John Williams Live
Published: 2017/02/18
Channel: Nam Le
GUITAR Documentary film
GUITAR Documentary film
Published: 2017/04/21
Channel: JMB
John Williams talks about the Classical guitar Part 2
John Williams talks about the Classical guitar Part 2
Published: 2009/04/03
Channel: Tremolo234
Rare Guitar Video: John Williams plays Sor Variations on a Theme by Mozart
Rare Guitar Video: John Williams plays Sor Variations on a Theme by Mozart
Published: 2016/01/03
Channel: RareGuitarVC
John Williams: The Film Profile
John Williams: The Film Profile
Published: 2014/03/26
Channel: Wady Afriadi
John Williams plays Sakura, by Yuquijiro Yocoh
John Williams plays Sakura, by Yuquijiro Yocoh
Published: 2014/01/06
Channel: Classical Guitar Selections
John Williams Interview - Part 2 - The Musical Experience
John Williams Interview - Part 2 - The Musical Experience
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: GuitarCoop
John Williams at Ronnie Scott
John Williams at Ronnie Scott's - Documentary of 1971
Published: 2016/07/30
Channel: allegrofilms
Rare Guitar Video: John Williams plays Scarlatti K.322
Rare Guitar Video: John Williams plays Scarlatti K.322
Published: 2009/01/13
Channel: RareGuitarVC
Len Williams (father of classical guitarist John Williams) Plays April Kisses by Eddie Lang
Len Williams (father of classical guitarist John Williams) Plays April Kisses by Eddie Lang
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: Stu Blag
John Williams Interview - Part 4 - Final
John Williams Interview - Part 4 - Final
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: GuitarCoop
La Catedral Nos - 1-3 - Barrios - John Williams
La Catedral Nos - 1-3 - Barrios - John Williams
Published: 2011/10/30
Channel: ipoodaily
J.S.Bach "Lute Suite E minor(arr.for Guitar)" John Williams
J.S.Bach "Lute Suite E minor(arr.for Guitar)" John Williams
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Addiobelpassato
John Williams, Chaconne - complete
John Williams, Chaconne - complete
Published: 2011/01/22
Channel: Mike Blackstock
Russell Neville in Master Class with John Williams (Part 1)
Russell Neville in Master Class with John Williams (Part 1)
Published: 2012/08/17
Channel: myguitarclub
Schindler
Schindler's List - John T. Williams - John Williams
Published: 2012/05/05
Channel: ipoodaily
JOHN WILLIAMS - CLASSICAL GUITARIST - MALINKE GUITARS
JOHN WILLIAMS - CLASSICAL GUITARIST - MALINKE GUITARS
Published: 2012/11/05
Channel: MIGHTYJLY
Russell Neville in Master Class with John Williams (Part 2)
Russell Neville in Master Class with John Williams (Part 2)
Published: 2012/08/12
Channel: myguitarclub
John Williams | Córdoba | Isaac Albéniz
John Williams | Córdoba | Isaac Albéniz
Published: 2012/10/26
Channel: DeZigeunerbaron
John Williams - Usher Waltz (Nikita Koshkin)
John Williams - Usher Waltz (Nikita Koshkin)
Published: 2007/05/18
Channel: EverlastJazz
The Entertainer (guitar)- John Williams
The Entertainer (guitar)- John Williams
Published: 2009/10/13
Channel: Ngo The Vinh
Eric Sykes CBE - Very Funny Guitar Sketch Feat. John Williams
Eric Sykes CBE - Very Funny Guitar Sketch Feat. John Williams
Published: 2013/07/07
Channel: Andrewshadowy
John Williams | Sevilla | Isaac Albéniz
John Williams | Sevilla | Isaac Albéniz
Published: 2012/07/07
Channel: DeZigeunerbaron
J.S.Bach "Chaconne from Violin Partita No 2(arr.for Guitar)" John Williams
J.S.Bach "Chaconne from Violin Partita No 2(arr.for Guitar)" John Williams
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Addiobelpassato
The Guitar Lesson - John Williams & Eric Sykes
The Guitar Lesson - John Williams & Eric Sykes
Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: John Pearce
John Williams - Asturias (Edison Klassiek 2007)
John Williams - Asturias (Edison Klassiek 2007)
Published: 2011/12/21
Channel: DeZigeunerbaron
Schindler
Schindler's list by John Williams on homemade guitar
Published: 2017/12/10
Channel: Kristian Heim
Ductia - John Williams (The Guitarist Expanded Edition)
Ductia - John Williams (The Guitarist Expanded Edition)
Published: 2014/12/18
Channel: JoãoVictoreOctaviano Rojas Luiz
John Williams and Paco Pena - Farruca in D (1975)
John Williams and Paco Pena - Farruca in D (1975)
Published: 2007/11/03
Channel: DrMikero
J.S.Bach "Lute Suite A minor(arr.for Guitar)" John Williams
J.S.Bach "Lute Suite A minor(arr.for Guitar)" John Williams
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Addiobelpassato
John Williams infuses Flamenco into Sevilla with Paco
John Williams infuses Flamenco into Sevilla with Paco's help
Published: 2011/05/10
Channel: PixelMagic
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John Williams
Guitarist John Williams in performance (Cordoba, 1986).jpg
Williams in concert in Cordoba, 1986
Background information
Birth name John Christopher Williams
Born (1941-04-24) 24 April 1941 (age 76)
Melbourne, Australia
Genres Classical music, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist, arranger and composer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1958 – present
Labels Sony Records
Associated acts Sky
Website johnwilliamsguitarnotes.com

John Christopher Williams (born 24 April 1941) is an Australian virtuosic classical guitarist renowned for his ensemble playing as well as his interpretation and promotion of the modern classical guitar repertoire. In 1973, he shared a Grammy Award in the Best Chamber Music Performance category with fellow guitarist Julian Bream for Julian and John (Works by Lawes, Carulli, Albéniz, Granados).[1] Guitar historian Graham Wade has said: "John is perhaps the most technically accomplished guitarist the world has seen."[2]

Biography[edit]

John Williams was born on 24 April 1941 in Melbourne, Australia, to an English father, Len Williams, who later founded the London Guitar School, and Malaan (née Ah Ket), a daughter of Melbourne barrister William Ah Ket. In 1952, the family moved to England, where he attended Friern Barnet Grammar School, London.[3] Williams was initially taught guitar by his father, who was an accomplished guitarist.[4] From the age of 11, Williams attended summer courses with Andrés Segovia at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Later, he attended the Royal College of Music in London, from 1956 to 1959, studying piano because the college did not have a guitar department at the time. Upon graduation, he was invited to create such a department. He took the opportunity and ran the department for its first two years. Williams has maintained links with the college (and with the Royal Northern College of Music[5] in Manchester) ever since.

Classical guitarist[edit]

Williams' first professional performance was at the Wigmore Hall in London on 6 November 1958. Since then, he has been performing throughout the world and has made regular appearances on radio and TV. He has extended the repertoire by commissioning guitar concertos from composers such as Stephen Dodgson, André Previn, Patrick Gowers, Richard Harvey and Steve Gray. Williams has recorded albums of duets with fellow guitarists Julian Bream and Paco Peña.

Williams is a visiting professor and honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music[6] in London.

Williams mostly uses Greg Smallman guitars, after using Spanish Fleta during the 1970s.[7] He also plays a guitar by Paulino Bernabe II.[8][dead link]

Thoughts on guitar education and teaching[edit]

Williams has expressed his frustration and concern with guitar education and teaching,[9] if it is too one-sided, e.g. focusing only on solo playing, instead of giving guitar students a better education including ensemble playing, sight-reading and a focus on phrasing and tone production and variation. Williams notes that "students [are] preoccupied with fingerings and not notes, much less sounds"; some are able "to play [...] difficult solo works from memory", but "have a very poor sense of ensemble [playing] or timing". He notes that students play works from the solo repertoire that are often too difficult, so that the teachers often put more "emphasis [...] on getting through the notes rather than playing the real substance of each note". To encourage phrasing, tone production and all-around musicianship, Williams arranges for students to play together in ensembles, choosing works from the existing classical music repertoire, such as the "easier Haydn String Quartets".

Other musical genres[edit]

Although Williams is best known as a classical guitarist, he has explored many different musical genres. Between 1978 and 1984 he was a member of the fusion group Sky. He is also a composer and arranger. At the invitation of producer Martin Lewis he created a highly acclaimed classical-rock fusion duet with celebrated rock guitarist Pete Townshend of The Who on Townshend's anthemic "Won't Get Fooled Again" for the 1979 Amnesty International benefit show The Secret Policeman's Ball. The duet featured on the resulting album and the film version of the show – bringing Williams to the broader attention of the rock audience.

Williams recorded "Cavatina" by Stanley Myers. The piece originally included only the first few measures but, at Williams' request, it was rewritten for guitar and expanded by Myers. After this transformation it was used for a film, The Walking Stick (1970). In 1973, Cleo Laine wrote lyrics and recorded it as the song "He Was Beautiful" accompanied by Williams. The guitar version became a worldwide hit single when it was used as the theme tune to the Oscar-winning film The Deer Hunter (1978).

Personal life[edit]

Williams and his third wife, Kathy, reside in London and Australia. He has a daughter Kate, now an established jazz pianist.[10] He also has a son, Charlie, by his second wife, the presenter Sue Cook.

Discography[edit]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance

BRIT Award for Best Classical Recording

  • John Williams for Portrait of John Williams (1983)
  • Edison Award lifetime achievement award (2007)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Music World". Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Dalya Alberge, "John Williams says guitar maestro Andrés Segovia bullied students and stifled their creativity", The Observer, 14 October 2012.
  3. ^ The International Who's Who: 1984/85, 2004.
  4. ^ Paul Vernon Chester, Manouche Maestro: "Leonard Williams Guitarist – Journalist – Zoo Keeper and father of John Williams" Archived 1 November 2013 at Archive.is. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  5. ^ "John Williams, Guitar: Biography 1940s, 1950s, 1960s". cream.org. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Guitar staff". Royal Academy of Music. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Joel McIver, "Classical Mover", Acoustic magazine.
  8. ^ Article about John Williams receiving a guitar by Paulino Bernabe II in 2007 (German).
  9. ^ "John Williams Interview with Austin Prichard-Levy". The Twang Box Dynasty. Archived from the original on 25 August 2007. 
  10. ^ "Homepage". kate-williams-quartet.com. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 

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