Legendary Maestro Julian Bream Dies at 87

It is with great sadness that we report that one of classical guitar’s greatest proponents—Julian Bream—has passed away at the age of 87. Bream will always be regarded as one of the finest and most influential players ever, an artist with incomparable tone, fantastic technique, incredibly broad taste in repertoire, old and new—and a truly lovely human being who was widely adored. And don’t forget, too, that Bream was largely responsible for the 20th century popularity of the lute, as well! We remember him below with a selection of articles from past issues of Classical Guitar and a few performance videos we’ve posted in recent years. —Blair Jackson

Julian Bream Turns 85: A Celebration of his Immense Legacy

Happy 85th Birthday Julian Bream! Read CG’s 2014 Interview with the Legendary Guitarist


Video Pick of the Week: Julian Bream and John Williams Play Debussy’s ‘Clair de lune’

Watch Julian Bream Play Villa-Lobos’ ‘Chôros No. 1’

Video Pick of the Week: Julian Bream Plays Granados’ ‘La Maja de Goya’

Two albums that could serve as an introduction to Bream: Julian Bream: The Ultimate Guitar Collection; The Essential Julian Bream.