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"Liona Boyd"


Vision Music presents, for your learning pleasure...

Satie for Guitar

by Liona Boyd

A Royal Welcome...

The "First Lady of the Guitar," Liona Boyd graces our presence at Vision Music. Her unique interpretation of Erik Satie's endearing "Gymnopedie No.1" was recorded on "Passport To Serenity" in 2000, one of over 20 popular releases by this truly international ambassador of the classical guitar.

Vision Music is both thrilled and honored to welcome Liona Boyd to our "Teacher Feature" guest faculty. She is arguably the most recognized classical guitarist in the world today.


The Lesson & More...

"Gymnopedie No. 1" (Erik Satie) was transcribed, arranged, and recorded by Liona on one of her many superb CD releases. She gave us permission to share her interpretation of this memorable piece with our many fans. We appreciate her generosity and vision of sharing, and invite you to enjoy her contribution.

"The Story of My First Guitar" is an exclusive recollection by Liona Boyd, available only at Vision Music. To read this story and view photos from her personal album, click here. To learn more about this talented guitarist and composer, see below.



Portrait of An Artist...

Liona Boyd holds a unique position in the world of classical guitar. Through her composition talents, extensive international touring and twenty record albums she has developed a loyal following and is acknowledged as one of the world's leading classical guitarists.

Born in London, England, Liona came to Canada at age eight and gave her first "concert" on the treble recorder as part of the ocean liner's talent competition.

At age 14 she asked her parents for a guitar as a Christmas present. After hearing the great English guitarist, Julian Bream, Liona determined to master the instrument and took lessons with Eli Kassner.

Private classes with Narcisco Yepes, Andres Segovia, Alirio Diaz and Bream himself followed and helped refine her musicianship. Christopher Parkening wrote, "Liona is one of the most excellent guitarists I have ever heard" and Segovia said "I predict that Liona will have a magnificent career."



The Career Unfolds...

Liona completed a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance at the The University of Toronto where she graduated with honors and won first prize in the Canadian National Music Competition. After two years of private study with Alexandre Lagoya in Paris, Liona returned to North America and recorded her first album for Boot/London Records. Her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall received rave reviews and The New York Times praised her "flair for brilliance."

Liona began to give concerts around the globe, playing with symphonies and participating in international festivals from Rio de Janeiro to Istanbul, New Delhi, Seoul, Havana, Paris and Tokyo.

In North America she toured extensively as a solo artist, as well as performing with such orchestras as The Boston Pops under John Williams and guesting on numerous television shows and specials including several appearances on The Tonight Show.

Breaking with classical tradition, she has toured with Gordon Lightfoot and Tracy Chapman, and recorded with Roger Whittaker and Georges Zamfir. As a soloist Liona became the first performer ever to play in the new Paris Opera House. A highly successful recording career for CBS/Sony Records brought Liona Boyd's guitar music to a large international audience.

The Canberrra Times in Australia wrote, "Breathtakingly beautiful playing, the most musically accomplished and technically flawless playing I have heard from any guitarist."



Liona Boyd Recordings...

Liona is one of the most recorded classical guitarists in history. Her records cover a wide range of music from baroque repertoire recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra under Andrew Davis to two Christmas albums, a joint recording with Chet Atkins, Persona, her new age/pop project produced by Michael Kamen and including Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Yo-Yo Ma, and a live record made in Tokyo.

Below are just a few of her many releases:

To view more of Liona's works, hear audio clips, and make online purchases, be sure to check her out on the web, at or



Books by Liona...

Boyd has published several books of her music, plus her recently released autobiography.

Visit for more information and to purchase Liona's books and videos. You'll also find numerous glowing media reviews, personal photos, and much more.


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