Graham Anthony Devine
Available languages: EnglishGuitarist Graham Anthony Devine has a large repertory ranging from the Renaissance to the present day and a style admired for its range of tonal colors. He has played recitals at many major venues and is also a significant educator. Devine was born in Liverpool in 1971. He attended Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, where he studied with Gordon Crosskey. Devine's style was partly shaped by a ten-year sojourn in Brazil, where he moved when he was 19 and lived for ten years, earning a reputation as a performer and instructor. He has also been influenced by Julian Bream, whom he has called the greatest guitarist of the 20th century. After returning to the U.K., he won several important prizes, including top honors at the Alhambra International Guitar Competition in Alcoy, Spain, the Emilio Pujol Guitar Competition in Italy, and the Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition in the U.S. These helped launch a successful performing career that has included recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, the Palau de la Música in Valencia, Spain, and Hanjuku Hall in Tokyo, among other major venues. Devine is the head of the guitar department at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where he began as a guitar tutor. Devine has a large catalog of recordings on the Naxos label, beginning in 2003 with an album of solo guitar works by composer Leo Brouwer. He has issued a pair of albums of British guitar music, the first of which was chosen as album of the week by National Public Radio's Performance Today in the U.S., and the second of which appeared in 2021. Devine has also recorded for the specialist label Granary-Guitars, where he has issued recordings of music by Bach, Granados, Ponce, Rodrigo, Domenico Scarlatti, and Federico Moreno Torroba, including the world premiere recording of Torroba's Sonata-Fantasia.
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The iconic guitarist Julian Bream commissioned music from a number of British composers with international reputations, thus creating a whole new repertoire of guitar music. He also played an important role in the revival of interest in the Elizabethan lute, his recitals bringing Early Music to a new audience. John Dowland’s beautiful Pavan is followed by Britten’s Nocturnal after John Dowland, written for Bream and one of the most significant guitar works of the 20th century. Cyril Scott’s Sonatina, overlooked for decades, is heard here in the premiere recording of Bream’s revised edition. © Naxos
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