John Williams (Guitar)
First things first, this is not the guy who wrote music for Star Wars. This John Williams is among the elite classical guitarists alive today, having proved his mastery countless times with many forms, from early classics by Bach and Vivaldi to contemporary works by Takemitsu. But Williams's greatest asset is his subtle interpretation of Spanish masters such as Joaquin Rodrigo and Isaac Albeniz. The Australian born Williams first learned the craft from his father, then went on to master every technical aspect of the guitar under the tutelage of pioneer Andres Segovia. Due to his studies with Segovia, Williams has become a living link to the classical guitar's founding master. Collaborations have furthered his repertoire, whether working with a large symphony orchestra, a fellow guitarist such as Julian Bream or others, including jazz pianist/conductor Andre Previn or violinist Itzak Perlman. Through the years Williams has returned to his roots, performing lush, romantic suites such as Concierto De Aranjuez.