Following sell-out shows in 2014 and 2015 described as ‘pure magic’ (Evening Standard), John Williams will return to the Globe this summer to play a pair of concerts alongside two fellow world-renowned musicians, Berta Rojas and Paco Peña. The weekend will mark an international celebration of classical guitar, whilst furthering the centuries-old tradition of acoustic concerts in London’s indoor playhouses. Speaking of the concerts, John commented: “It’s great to be back in the best and most intimate of spaces for us to play in.”
On Saturday 21 July, John will explore music ranging from Vivaldi to Venezuelan pieces, sharing the stage with Paraguayan guitarist extraordinaire Berta Rojas. Berta’s repertoire will pay homage to her compatriot and classical guitar pioneer, Agustín Barrios Mangoré.
The following evening, John and Paco Peña will perform a selection of their favourite works in celebration of their 49 year friendship. Multi-award-winning guitarist Paco Peña will continue to redefine our perceptions of flamenco, whilst John will explore Spanish pieces from the sixteenth century onwards.
Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1941, John Williams was taught by his father, afterwards attending summer courses with Segovia at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and studying music at the Royal College of Music in London.
By the early 1960s he had performed in London, Paris, Madrid, Japan, Soviet Union and the USA. He recorded originally for CBS and then Sony Classical and now has his own label, JCW Recordings. He has played for films such as The Deer Hunter (Cavatina) and A Fish Called Wanda. In 2007 he was presented with an Edison Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013 he retired from travelling and solo recitals, but is continuing to record and to join friends and colleagues for special projects.