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Michael Lewin (Guitar, Lute)

Born: December 1, 1948 - Epsom. Surrey, England

The English guitarist and lutenist, Michael Lewin, studied under Hector Quine at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 1967 to 1971, where he graduated with high honours winning the Julian Bream Prize and a recital diploma. (LRAM - Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music and DipRAM - Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music. Later he studied in Spain with Jose Tomas.

Michael Lewin taught guitar at Royal Academy of Music in Both Senior and Junior Departments, before becoming Head of Guitar there. As guitarist and lutenist, as both soloist and accompanist, he has performed at schools, music clubs and on television. He has performed with the Nottingham Playhouse, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Ballet Rambert, Scottish Opera, English Music Theatre, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden and La Piccola Scala, Milan. In addition to solo concerts, has played with leading ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe, such as Praetorius Consort of London, Monteverdi Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, and English Chamber Orchestra. He has done broadcasts for BBC Thames TV, Yugoslav, Belgian, French and West Germany radio and European Broadcasting Union. As a lutenist as well as a guitarist, he is able to command an increasingly wide repertoire, ranging from the 16th century through to the present day.

His recordings have appeared on Pye Virtuoso, Erato and Deutsche Grammophon Archiv labels. He was editor of Trinity College Guitar Grade Syllabus and Albums from 1986 to 1989, published in 1985.

His honours include: FRAM - Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. He is member of Incorporated Society of Musicians, Royal Academy of Music Club, and European Guitar Teachers' Association (Vice-President).

Michael Lewin married Marylyn Troth on July 31, 1982 and they have 1 son and 2 daughters.

Source: Liner notes to the LP 'Bach Guitar and Fauré Songs' (Pye, 1974); International Who's Who in Music & International Directory (13th Edition, 1992/93); Royal Academy of Music Website
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Aryeh Oron (July 2008)

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