Julian Bream

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Bream, Julian

(Julian Alexander Bream) (brēm), 1933–, English guitarist and lutenist. Bream was first taught guitar by his father and studied piano and cello at the Royal College of Music. He made his debut at the age of 12. During the 1950s and 60s he led the the Julian Bream Consort, a pioneering period-instrument ensemble. An outstanding performer, Bream had a repertory ranging from Dowland to Henze, and many compositions were written expressly for him, e.g., Benjamin Britten's Nocturnal (1963). He retired in 2002.


See P. Balmer, dir., Julian Bream: My Life in Music (documentary film, 2003).

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