In the early part of his career his rise to prominence on the guitar scene at large has been linked by many to a unique television documentary he was invited to present on the life and guitar music of Villa Lobos. This highly acclaimed production for Thames Television, one of the UK's premier television networks, was broadcasted in many countries around the world. In high demand for his teaching expertise, Julian Byzantine has presented master classes and lectures in thirty-five countries, which have included invitations from world-renowned schools of music in Europe and America. He is author of ?Guitar Technique Rationalised' - MelBay/Chanterelle, which is regarded as one of the most comprehensive publications on guitar technique. In the area of contemporary music he has collaborated with eminent composers such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Maxwell Davies and Peter Sculthorpe. The Arts Council of Great Britain, Australia Council, and Shell Darwin International Guitar Festival have provided generous support for his commissions from composers in the UK, Australia and Latin America.
Notable compositions written for his duo partnership with flautist, Gerhard Mallon, include ?Simori' by Peter Sculthorpe (Australia) and ?Suite Buenos Aires' by Maximo Diego Pujol (Argentina). Both these works have been recorded by the duo for Walsingham Classics. Born in London, Julian Byzantine was the first recipient of an ARCM diploma for guitar at the Royal College of Music, under the tutorship of John Williams. During this period the Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gilbert Foyle trusts awarded him scholarships to further his studies with Andr�s Segovia, Julian Bream and Alirio Diaz. At the age of twenty-one he was appointed a Professor of Guitar at the Royal Academy of Music (the youngest such appointment in the history of the institution at that time).
He is currently head of classical guitar studies at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Australia. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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