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Welcome to Wikipedia's portal for Classical guitar. The classical guitar is the grandfather of guitars. Its history and repertoire spans over four centuries. Its most characteristic physical feature is the use of nylon strings. Nylon strings give the classical guitar a unique, varied and rich color palette. The size and shape of the classical guitar have been nearly standard for over 100 years.

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John Williams (born 24 April 1941) is one of the world's best-known classical guitarists. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Williams was taught initially by his father Len Williams. At the age of twelve he went to Italy to study with Andrés 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. Williams has maintained links with the College (and with the Northern College in Manchester) ever since.

Williams's first professional performance was at the Wigmore Hall in London on 6 November 1958. Since then, he has been performing throughout the world and has made regular appearances on radio and TV. He has recorded almost the entire repertoire for the guitar and has extended it by commissioning guitar concertos from composers such as Stephen Dodgson, André Previn, Patrick Gowers, Richard Harvey and Steve Gray. He has recorded albums of duets with fellow guitarists, Julian Bream and Paco Peña.

John Williams was instrumental in bringing the works of Agustín Barrios back to popularity. Williams has often spoken highly of Barrios' work, even stating that he believes Barrios is the greatest composer of guitar music. He has also worked with contemporary composers from his native Australia, including Phillip Houghton, Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards and Nigel Westlake, to produce guitar works that capture the spirit of his homeland. However he has also the music by the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, Cuban composer Leo Brouwer and music from many African countries.

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A seven-string guitar with the open-strings annotated with the notes D-G-B-D-G-B-D

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Photograph of Harlequin with Guitar, 1919, oil on canvas by Juan Gris

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-- John Williams on Practicing an instrument


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  • International classical guitar competitions:

October 16, 2007 - GFA Convention 2007 Competition Winners, Photo Gallery and 2008 Required Piece.

June 10, 2006 - The Mexican classical guitarist Pablo Garibay won the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. This international event was organized by WNED and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

June 7, 2006 - The classical composer Takahiro Sakuma (b. 30/6/1972) won 1st prize in the VII. International Composition Competition "Michele Pittaluga" with "Suite alla Sonatina in Direzione meridionale" for Guitar and Violin.

June 1, 2006 - The classical guitarist Carlos Pérez won the III International Joaquín Rodrigo Competition which took place in Madrid, Spain.

  • International classical guitar festivals

July 2006 – The Walton's Guitar Festival of Ireland took place in Dublin from Monday, the 3rd to Sunday, the 9th of July.

  • New compositions for classical guitar

Spring, 2005 - Claudio Ambrosini: Rap, solo guitar, dedicated to Magnus Andersson.

Spring, 2005 - Mark Applebaum: DNA, solo guitar, dedicated to Magnus Andersson.

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François Campion - Nicolas Desrosiers - Henri Grenerin - Louis Jourdan de La Salle

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Gougousoudis Theodoros - Girolamo Arrigo - Juan Blanco - José Broca - Alois Bröder - Jonathan Dawe - Colin Downs - Fernando Ferrandiere - Stephen Goss - Bryn Harrison - Anders Hillborg - Kent Olofsson - Oliver Hunt - Juho Kangas - Francis Kleynjans - Ian Krouse - Karl-Wieland Kurz - Jyrki Linjama - Arne Löthman - Antonio Jiménez Manjón - Robert Martin - Frank M (Martinez) - Wenzeslaus Matiegka - Josep Maria Mestres-Quadreny - Alasdair Nicholson - Tage Nielsen - Hannu Pohjannoro - Veli-Matti Puumala - Igor Rekhin - Lew Richmond - Carlos Rafael Rivera - Teresa de Rogatis - Poul Rovsing-Olsen - Ronald Roxbury - Robert Sierra - Johan Söderqvist - John R. Williamson -

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