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John Williams (guitarist)
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John Williams (guitarist)

This article is about John Williams, the noted classical guitarist. For other people with the same name, see John Williams.

John Christopher Williams (born 24 April 1941) is one of the world's best-known classical guitarists. He was born in Melbourne in Australia and was taught initially by his father. At the age of twelve he went to Italy to study under Andrés Segovia. Later, he attended the Royal College of Music in London.

Williams is best known as a classical guitarist, but has explored many different musical traditions. He has collaborated with Julian Bream and Paco Pena and was a member of the fusion group Sky. He is also a composer and arranger.

Williams has commissioned guitar concertos from composers such as Stephen Dodgson, Andre Previn, Richard Harvey, and Steve Gray. He has also worked with composers from his native Australia, including Phillip Houghton, Peter Sculthorpe, and Nigel Westlake, to produce guitar works that capture the spirit of his homeland.

He enjoyed a worldwide hit single with his recording of Cavatina by Stanley Myers, used as the theme tune to the Oscar-winning film The Deer Hunter.

Williams is one-quarter Chinese on his mother's side.

Other classical guitarists

Julian Bream

Andres Segovia

Christopher Parkening

Francisco Tarrega

Fernando Sor

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