Julian Bream

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Julian Alexander Bream,CBE (born 15 July 1933), is an Englishclassical guitarist and lutenist. One of the most distinguished classical guitarists of the 20th century, he has been described as "Britain's greatest virtuoso of guitar and lute". According to his biographer Stewart Button, "Bream was a pioneer of the guitar, whose visionary approach fostered the instrument's revival in England and arguably brought him the mantle of the greatest guitarist in the world". In addition to altering public perception of the classical guitar as a respectable orchestral instrument in England and beyond, Bream has also been successful in renewing popular interest in the lute.