Julian Bream (1933-2020)

Julian Bream, the British guitarist and lutenist who led the reintroduction of early music for plucked strings to the classical repertory in the 1960s and ’70s, as well as inspiring a number of contemporary composers to write guitar concertos, has died at 87.

Bream, who retired in 2002 after a performing and recording career of more than 60 years, was the son of a jazz guitarist and admirer of Django Reinhardt. He often said that improvisation – inherent in jazz but a skill rarely practiced by classical instrumentalists – was an essential asset in his exploration of early music.

An obituary by Ben Beaumont-Thomas for The Guardian: