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Famous Guitarists of the World

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These graphics were created by Sahan de Silva for the Guitar Fest 2012 held at Colombo Sri Lanka

These graphics were created by Sahan de Silva for the Guitar Fest 2012 held at Colombo Sri Lanka


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  • 1. Andrés Segovia (February 21, 1893 – June 2, 1987) was a virtuoso Spanish classical guitarist from Linares, Jaén, Andalucia, Spain. Heis widely considered to be one of the best known and mostinfluential classical guitar personalities of the 20th century, having a considerable influence on later guitarists, particularly because of important guitar works that were dedicated to him by composers such as Federico Moreno Torroba.
  • 2. Ana Vidović (born 8 November 1980 in Karlovac, Croatia) is a classical guitarist. A child prodigy, she started playing guitar at theage of five, inspired by her brother Viktor. By the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb where she studied withProfessor Istvan Romer. Vidovićs reputation in Europe led to an invitation to study at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, U.S., with Manuel Barrueco, from where she graduated in May 2003.
  • 3. Debashish Battacharya was born into a musical family in Kolkata, it becameapparent that Bhattacharya was skilled at a young age. Hisparents, both traditional Indian vocalists, gave him a basic understanding of music and he first began strumming a guitar at age three, when his father gave him a full-size Hawaiian lap steel guitar. He made his debut at the age of four on All India Radio, in Calcutta. He was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award in the category of Best Traditional World Music Album for his album Calcutta Chronicles.
  • 4. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt also known as V. M. Bhatt (born July 12, 1950) is an Indian slide guitar player. Bhatt is the creator of the Mohan Veena.[1] He performs Hindustani classical music and won a Grammy Award in 1994. It is for his Grammy winning album A Meeting by the River with Ry Cooder and other fusion and pan-cultural collaborations with Western artists like Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck and Jerry Douglas, that Bhatt is best known, although exposure such as an appearance on the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival, which wasorganized by Eric Clapton, does allow for this side of his playing to reach a larger audience
  • 5. Al Di Meola (born Al Laurence Dimeola, July 22, 1954, in Jersey City, New Jersey) is an acclaimed American jazz fusion and Latin guitarist, composer, and record producer of Italian origin. With a musical career that has spanned more than three decades, he has become respected as one of the most influential guitarists in jazzto date. Albums such as Friday Night in San Francisco have earned him both artistic and commercial success with a solid fan base throughout the world.
  • 6. Django Reinhardt 23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953) was a pioneering virtuoso jazz guitarist and composer who invented an entirely new style of jazz guitar technique (sometimes called hot jazz guitar) that has sincebecome a living musical tradition within Belgian gypsy culture. With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, he co-founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, described by critic Thom Jurek as "one of the most original bands in the history of recorded jazz." Reinhardts mostpopular compositions have become jazz standards, including "Minor Swing", "Daphne", "Belleville", "Djangology", "Swing 42", and "Nuages".
  • 7. Eric Clapton , CBE, (born 30 March 1945) is an English guitarist and singer- songwriter. Clapton is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist, and separately as amember of The Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazines list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibsons Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.
  • 8. George Benson (born March 22, 1943)[3] is a ten Grammy Award winning American musician, whose production career began at the age of twenty-one as a jazz guitarist.Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s playing soul jazz with the likes of Jack McDuff. Benson then launched a successful solo career, alternating between jazz, pop, R&B singing, and scat singing. This one-time child prodigy topped the Billboard 200 in 1976 with the triple-platinum album, Breezin, He was also a majorlive attraction in the UK during the 1980s and continues to attract a large following today. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt
  • 9. "Jimi" Hendrix James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is widely considered to be thegreatest guitarist in musical history, and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres.
  • 10. John McLaughlin (born 4 January 1942, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England), also known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is an English guitarist,bandleader and composer. His music includes many genres of jazz, and rock, which he coupled with an interest in Indian classical music to become one of the pioneering figures in fusion
  • 11. Paco de LuciaBorn Francisco Sánchez Gómez (in Algeciras, Cádiz on December21, 1947), is a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist and composer.He is considered by many to be one of the finest guitarists in the world and the greatest guitarist of the flamenco genre.
  • 12. Carlos Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican rock guitarist. Santana became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered rock, salsa and jazz fusion. The bands sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines setagainst Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments such as timbales and congas not generally heard in rock music.
  • 13. "Tommy" EmmanuelWilliam Thomas "Tommy" Emmanuel AM (born 31 May 1955) is anAustralian guitarist, best known for his complex fingerpicking style, energetic performances and the use of percussive effects on theguitar. In the May 2008 and 2010 issues of Guitar Player Magazine, he was named as "Best Acoustic Guitarist" in their readers poll. In June 2010 Emmanuel was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia
  • 14. "Tony" Iommi Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi (born 19 February 1948, Heathfield Road Hospital, Handsworth, Birmingham, England) is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as the founding member ofpioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, and its sole continual member through multiple personnel changes.
  • 15. (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968) was an American jazz guitarist. He is widelyconsidered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures asDjango Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others, including Pat Martino, George Benson, Russell Malone, Emily Remler, Kenny Burrell, Pat Metheny,and Jimi Hendrix. DigitalDreamDoor named Montgomery the greatest jazz guitarist of all time.
  • 16. Wes Montgomery (March 6, 1923 – June 15, 1968) was an American jazz guitarist. Heis widely considered one of the major jazz guitarists, emerging after such seminal figures as Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian and influencing countless others, including Pat Martino, George Benson, Russell Malone, Emily Remler, Kenny Burrell, Pat Metheny, and Jimi Hendrix. DigitalDreamDoor named Montgomery the greatest jazz guitarist of all time.
  • 17. Yngwie Johann Malmsteen Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (born June 30, 1963) is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader.Malmsteen became known for his neo-classical playing approach in heavy metal which became a growing musical style in the early 1980s.