Liona Boyd
Canadian musician
Liona Boyd
Liona Maria Carolynne Boyd, CM, O. Ont, is a Canadian classical guitarist, composer, songwriter and singer. Boyd was born in London, England on July 11, 1949, moved to Canada with her parents when she was eight years old and became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 1975. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
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Report a Typo or Correction - The Barrie Advance
Google News - over 5 years
Classical guitarist Liona Boyd, the First Lady of the Guitar, is in town Nov. 26. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Returning once again for a festive concert is John McDermott. Tickets are $75 in advance and $80 at the door
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You ain't seen nothing yet - London Free Press
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Aeolian Hall's concerts bring top guitarists Liona Boyd and Pavlo back-to-back in November. Bachman & Turner is the duo's ID because of legal squabbles over the BTO name. Bachman had never stopped touring Canada, as a solo artist or on a series of
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Teen wins music competition - Mississauga
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... Angela Hewitt, Andre Laplante and Janina Fialkowska; soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian; contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux; violinists James Ehnes, Martin Beaver and Chantal Juillet; guitarist Liona Boyd and flutist Susan Hoeppner, among many others
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Deadline approaching for annual mural contest - insideTORONTO.com
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... by 10-foot canvas affixed to the side of the building. In 2010, he invited the community to choose the next mural for that wall in the inaugural Leslieville Mural Competition. Michelle Chicoski's image of Liona Boyd was selected as the winning entry
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Today in Music History - July 11 - mysask.com (press release)
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In 1949, Liona Boyd, one of the world's leading classical guitarists, was born in London, England. Boyd has performed around the world, both as a soloist and with symphony orchestras. She's also recorded with the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, Eric Clapton
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Liona Boyd concert promoter is a true street survivor - EMC Perth
Google News - almost 6 years
Today Prevost is a theatre and concert promoter, working with artists like music icon Liona Boyd. Prevost, who is bringing Boyd and her musical partner Srdjan Givoje to Perth on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8, said that looking back on his first three
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Free Summer Concerts
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: WQXR will present its annual series of free summer concerts at the Damrosch Band Shell at Lincoln Center, Tuesdays from June 28 to July 26. The concerts are broadcast live from 8 to 9 P.M. on WQXR AM (1560) and FM (96.3). The artists are the National Chorale and Jack Reilly, pianist (June 28); the Columbus Brass, playing classical and pop
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30 IDEAS FOR THE SUMMER CALENDAR
NYTimes - over 31 years
NEW YORK is a summer festival, it seems, with the parks full of theater, dance and music, the galleries offering exhibitions with odd and inventive themes, and movie houses bristling with special film series. Familiar institutions suddenly become a place to find the unfamiliar, and the brave new, shoestring efforts that were expected to last a
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THE CONCERTO WARHORSE THAT GUITARISTS LOVE
NYTimes - about 36 years
J oaquin Rodrigo's ''Concierto de Aranjuez'' is not only the most frequently performed and recorded work in the guitar's small concerto repertory, but one of the few guitar compositions to have escaped the instrument's exclusive realm and entered the standard orchestral literature. With its gorgeous, bittersweet Adagio and the typically Iberic
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Timeline
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 65
    In 2015 she recorded No Remedy for Love which will be released by Moston/Universal in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details In 1987, she collaborated with Rik Emmett, Alex Lifeson and Ed Bickert on "Beyond Borders," an Emmett composition released as a soundsheet in Guitar Player Magazine. Boyd once played a private recital for the Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing. At Judge Lance Ito's request, Boyd performed a private concert for the sequestered jury during the O J Simpson trial. Boyd appeared on the cover of The Canadian magazine in 1975. In the story she was referred to as "The First Lady of the Guitar", a sobriquet that she has been identified with ever since. In 1978 Boyd released a record entitled The First Lady of the Guitar. In 1988, Stoddard Publishing of Toronto, Canada published Boyd's autobiography In My Own Key: My Life in Love and Music. In it she revealed her eight-year romance with former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
    In December 2015 she released a 90-minute compilation called Relaxing Guitar.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013 and 2014 she made two music videos: My Special Christmas Present is You and O Holy Night.
  • 2014
    Age 64
    In 2014 Liona released her third Christmas album called A Winter Fantasy.
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  • 2011
    Age 61
    In late 2011, Liona and producer Peter Bond began to collaborate on a new album of 15 songs she composed, inspired by Canada, called "The Return… To Canada with Love" and released by Universal Music Canada in September 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013 Liona released a theme song for Toronto and a music video for the song. She was given a proclamation by the mayor of Toronto and the City Council. She also released a single called Happy To be A Snowbird.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    Liona Boyd released two records in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Liona Boyd Sings Songs of Love, seventeen duets with Srdjan Givoje, was released in September. Seven Journeys: Music for the Soul and Imagination, a collaboration with Peter Bond, was released in November. In 2011 Liona returned to live in Canada after spending a year in Santa Monica, CA. She spends her winters writing music in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • 2002
    Age 52
    In 2002 Boyd released Camino Latino, an album of original compositions in the nuevo-Latino style.
    More Details Hide Details The record features guest artists Al Di Meola, Jesse Cooke, Steve Morse, Luis Villegas, Pavlo, Johannes Linstead, Ron Korb, and Strunz and Farah. Following a diagnosis of focal dystonia after the release of Camino Latino, Boyd was compelled to change the way she plays guitar. She reinvented herself by developing her songwriting and singing skills and playing less demanding guitar arrangements.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 46
    In 1996 Liona Boyd won the Juno award for Instrumental Artist of the Year.
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  • 1990
    Age 40
    Boyd released four records between 1990 and 1999: Paddle to the Sea (1990), Dancing on the Edge (1991), Classically Yours (1995) and Whispers of Love (1999).
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 36
    In 1986, Boyd recorded the breakthrough album Persona, a mixture of Rock, New Age and Classical, with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and guitarists David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton.
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  • 1982
    Age 32
    In 1982, 1983, and 1984 Boyd won Juno awards for Instrumental Artist of the Year.
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  • 1980
    Age 30
    Boyd released six records between 1980 and 1989: Spanish Fantasy (1980), A Guitar for Christmas (1981), The Best of Liona Boyd (1982), Virtuoso (1983), Liona Live in Tokyo (1984), The Romantic Guitar of Liona Boyd (1985), Persona (1986), Encore (1988), Christmas Dreams (1989) and Highlights (1989).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    In 1979 Liona Boyd won the Juno award for Instrumental Artist of the Year.
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  • 1976
    Age 26
    In 1976 Boyd joined SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) and established Mid-Continental Music, her publishing company.
    More Details Hide Details Liona Boyd has recorded with the English Chamber Orchestra; as well as with Chet Atkins, Yo Yo Ma, Gheorghe Zamfir, The Canadian Brass, Frank Mills, Roger Whittaker, André Gagnon and Strunz & Farah, the Toronto Children's Chorus and the Orpheus Choir. In 1986 she recorded Persona with rock guitarists David Gilmour and Eric Clapton. The project was produced by Michael Kamen. In 1995 she recorded several of the themes in the music by Maurice Jarre to A Walk in the Clouds. The music won the Golden Globe for best score. She released Camino Latino/ Latin Journey in 2002, a record that features guest performances by Strunz and Farah, Al Di Meola, Steve Morse, Jesse Cook, Johannes Linstead, Pavlo, Innis and Luis Villegas. In 2009 she released Liona Boyd Sings Songs of Love with Croatian American singer Srdjan Givoje. She produced a music video for the single Baby Maybe. She also released Seven Journeys: Music for the Soul and Imagination, which was co-written with Peter Bond.
  • 1975
    Age 25
    In 1975-78 Boyd opened for singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot in concerts across North America.
    More Details Hide Details She toured Europe with Tracy Chapman in November and December 1989 and performed in Frankfurt and Munich the week the Berlin Wall came down. Boyd played a concert on Adnan Khashoggi's yacht Nabila, the day it was christened. In 1974, Boyd released The Guitar, her first record. The recording was produced by Eleanor Sniderman, wife of Sam Sniderman, owner of Canada's Sam the Record Man stores. The Guitar was released in Canada on Boot Records, a label started by Stompin' Tom Connors, a country singer-songwriter from Prince Edward Island. Boyd also released The Guitar Artistry of Liona Boyd and Miniatures for Guitar in Canada on Boot Records in the 1970s. The Guitar and The Guitar Artistry of Liona Boyd were distributed in the United States and England by London Records. London released the "The Guitar" with the title of "Classical Guitar."
    In late November 1975, Boyd undertook a six-week tour of northern British Columbia and the Yukon performing in high schools, churches, and hotel dining rooms. "Tradition has it that folk and pop artists pay their dues playing to rough crowds in smoky bars; I was paying mine in all the remote, snowbound communities of northwest Canada", wrote Boyd in her autobiography.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1970s Boyd played many recitals at guitar societies across North America. In 1977 Boyd performed for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada.
    In 1975, after her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, Andrés Segovia wrote a prescient message on a card and passed it to Boyd: "Through your beauty and talent you will conquer the public, philharmonic or not."
    More Details Hide Details Since her New York debut, Liona Boyd has performed thousands of concerts in dozens of countries around the world.
  • 1973
    Age 23
    In 1973, while studying with Lagoya, she busked on the streets of Nice for extra money.
    More Details Hide Details She has won the Juno Award for Instrumental Artist of the Year five times.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    In 1972, Boyd graduated with honours from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performance.
    More Details Hide Details The same year she won the Canadian National Music Competition, held in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. From 1972 to 1974, she studied privately in Paris with Alexandre Lagoya, a French classical guitarist. She revealed in her autobiography that she lost her virginity to him.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on July 11, 1949.
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