John Williams (classical guitarist)

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Guitarist John Williams has established his position at the top rank of classical guitarists over the course of 30 years of recording and performing. He has made over 30 best-selling recordings of a broad range of music for classical guitar.


Middle name: Christopher

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John Christopher Williams (born 24 April 1941) is an Australian-born British 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). Williams is noted for a technique that is often described as virtually flawless. Guitar historian Graham Wade has said: "John is perhaps the most technically accomplished guitarist the world has seen."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Changes John Williams 2
1972 Gitarre John Williams 1
1972 Together Julian Bream, John Williams 2
1973 The Height Below John Williams 1
1977 John Williams Plays Music of Agustín Barrios Mangoré Agustín Barrios Mangoré; John Williams 1
1979 Bridges John Williams 1
1981 Echoes of Spain Isaac Albéniz; John Williams 2
1983 The Guitar Is the Song: A Folksong Collection John Williams 2
1986 The Four Lute Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; John Williams 3
1987 Duos Paganini, Giuliani; Itzhak Perlman, John Williams 2
1987 Fragments of a Dream Inti-Illimani & John Williams & Paco Peña 1
1987 Unforgettable John Williams 16 Golden Classics John Williams 1
1989 Guitar Concertos John Williams, English Chamber Orchestra, Charles Groves 1
1990 Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasía para un gentilhombre Joaquín Rodrigo; John Williams, Philadelphia Orchestra, Ormandy, English Chamber Orchestra, Groves 1
1990 Guitar Transcriptions John Williams, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Kenneth Sillito 2
1991 Latin American Guitar Music by Barrios and Ponce Agustín Barrios Mangoré, Manuel María Ponce; John Williams 2
1991 To The Edge Of Dream / Toward The Sea / Vers, L'Arc-En-Ciel, Palma / Folios / Etc. Takemitsu Played By John Williams 1
1992 Iberia John Williams 1
1994 From Australia John Williams 1
1995 The Great Paraguayan Agustín Barrios Mangoré; John Williams 3
1995 Chefs - d'oeuvre de la guitare John Williams 1
1995 Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasía para un gentilhombre Joaquín Rodrigo; Philharmonia Orchestra, Louis Frémaux, John Williams 1
1996 Guitar Recital: Paganini, Scarlatti, Villa-Lobos & Giuliani Paganini, Scarlatti, Villa-Lobos, Giuliani; John Williams 2
1996 Steve Gray: Guitar Concerto; Richard Harvey: Concerto Antico (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Paul Daniel, guitar: John Williams) John Williams 1
1996 The Mantis & the Moon John Williams & Timothy Kain 1
1997 Portrait of John Williams John Williams 2
1998 The Guitarist John Williams 1
1999 Plays Schubert & Giuliani John Williams 1
1999 Guitar Concertos Joaquín Rodrigo, Stephen Dodgson; John Williams, Eugene Ormandy, Charles Groves 1
2000 Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasía para un gentilhombre Joaquín Rodrigo; John Williams 1
2001 The Magic Box John Williams 2
2003 El Diablo Suelto John Williams 3
2008 From a Bird John Williams 1
2010 Cavatina - The Complete Fly and Cube Recordings John Williams 1
500 Years of the Guitar John Williams 1
Best Friends Cleo Laine & John Williams 1
Cavatina John Williams 1
Echoes of London John Williams 2
John Williams Plays Vivaldi Concertos Antonio Vivaldi; John Williams, Benjamin Verdery, Norbert Blume, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, János Rolla 1
Portrait John Williams 1
The Four Lute Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; John Williams 1
Virtuoso Variations for Guitar John Williams 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Celebration John Williams 1
1989 Spanish Guitar Favorites John Williams 1
1989 The Great Guitar Concertos John Williams 1
1990 Spanish Guitar Music John Williams 4
1991 The Best of John Williams John Williams 1
1992 Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez / Fantasia para un gentilhombre / Giuliani, Vivaldi: Guitar Concertos Rodrigo, Giuliani, Antonio; John Williams, Eugene Ormandy, Charles Groves 2
1994 Together: The Ultimate Collection Julian Bream, John Williams 1
1994 Greatest Hits John Williams 4
1996 Guitar Recital John Williams 1
1996 John Williams Plays the Movies John Williams 3
1997 Lute Suite no. 4 / Chaconne, BWV 1004 / Prelude, Fugue & Allegro, BWV 998 and other selections Bach; John Williams 1
1997 Lute Suites, BWV 995, 996, 997, 999 & 1000 Bach; John Williams 1
1997 The Very Best of John Williams John Williams 1
1999 Guitar Moods John Williams 1
2000 Classic Williams: Romance of the Guitar (John Williams) John Williams 2
2002 Passion / Suite / Toccata / Magnificat / Brandenburg / Goldberg / Concerto / Fugue / Invention / Partita Bach; John Williams, Gustav Leonhardt, Tafelmusik 1
2002 Spanish Dreams John Williams 1
2003 Trésors guitare classique Julian Bream, John Williams 1
2005 The Essential Collection John Williams 1
2005 The Ultimate Guitar Collection John Williams 2
2011 The Guitarist John Williams 1
2013 The Spanish Guitar Anthology John Williams 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Live Julian Bream and John Williams 1
1990 Leyenda Inti-Illimani, John Williams & Paco Peña 1
1993 The Seville Concert: From the Royal Alcázar Palace John Williams 3
1993 Together Again Julian Bream, John Williams 3
2006 Places Between: John Williams & John Etheridge Live in Dublin John Williams & John Etheridge 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Pure Acoustic John Williams 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Bach, Handel, Marcello Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Alessandro Marcello: John Williams 1
1988 The Baroque Album John Williams 2
1989 Guitar, Greatest Hits John Williams 1
1989 Spirit of the Guitar: Music of the Americas John Williams 1
1991 Spanish Guitar Favourites John Williams 2
1995 The Art of the Guitar Johann Sebastian Bach; Andrés Segovia, John Williams 1
2000 English Guitar Music John Williams 1
2000 The Essential John Williams John Williams 1
2006 The Art of the Guitar Andrés Segovia & John Williams 2
500 Years of Guitar John Williams 1
The John Williams Collection John Williams 1

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