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John Williams is one of the world's best-known classical guitarists. 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 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 (1979).

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 8:00 PM
John Williams  Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Washington, DC
Kennedy Center Concert Hall Washington, DC
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John Williams was born in Melbourne, Australia to an English father and an Australian-Chinese mother. He was initially taught to play the guitar by his father. At the age of twelve he went to Italy to study under "The Maestro", Andres Segovia. Later, he attended the Royal College of Music in London, studying piano because the school did not have a guitar department at the time. Upon graduation, he was offered the opportunity to create such a department. Being such a lover of the instrument, he seized the opportunity and ran it for the first two years. John Williams has maintained links with the College (and with the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester) ever since.

At the invitation of producer Martin Lewis, John Williams created a highly acclaimed classical-rock fusion duet with celebrated rock guitarist Pete Townshend of Townshend's anthemic "Won't Get Fooled Again" for the 1979 Amnesty International benefit show The Secret Policeman's Ball. The duet was featured on the resulting album and the film version of the show - bringing John Williams to the broader attention of the rock audience. The relationship with Lewis led to John Williams' classical-rock fusion band Sky being invited to give the first-ever rock concert to be held at Westminster Abbey - a benefit concert for Amnesty that Lewis produced in February 1981.