Classical Guitarist and Lutenist Julian Bream Dead at 87

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Julian Bream

British classical guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream, highly regarded as one of the most remarkable artists of the post-war era, died today at his home in Wiltshire. Bream, who studied the piano and cello at the Royal College of Music after receiving a scholarship, started playing guitar as a child, imitating his father, who played jazz guitar in British clubs. Julian Bream was 87.

The Midwest, and specifically Chicago, was a regular stop on Julian Bream’s American tours, including well-received recitals in 1966, 1986 in Orchestra Hall, and 1995 in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.