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Liona Maria Carolynne Boyd, CM, O.Ont, born in London, England July 11, 1949, is a Canadian classical guitarist, composer, songwriter and singer.

Biography

Boyd was born in Londonmarker, Englandmarker, but at age eight her family moved to Canadamarker. At age thirteen she asked her parents for a guitar as a Christmas present. After hearing a concert by the great English guitarist Julian Bream. Boyd was determined to master the instrument.

Education

While still a teenager she took private lessons with Eli Kassner, Narciso Yepes, Alirio Diaz, Julian Bream, and Andrés Segovia.

Boyd completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance at the University of Torontomarker where she graduated with honours and won first prize in the Canadian National Music Competition.

She has honorary doctorates from the University of Lethbridge, University of Toronto, Simon Fraser University, Brock University and the University of Victoria.

After two years of private study with Alexandre Lagoya in Parismarker, Boyd returned to North America and recorded her first album for Boot/London Records.

Boyd is known for her ample, eclectic repertoire, encompassing guitar music belonging to diverse ages and nationalities.

She has won the Juno award for Instrumental Artist of the Year five times.

Publication of Autobiography

In 1998, Stoddard Publishing of Toronto, Canada published Boyd's autobiography entitled In My Own Key: My Life in Love and Music.

Recording career

Liona Boyd


1970-1979

Liona Boyd released six records between 1974 and 1979: The Guitar (1974), The Guitar Artistry of Liona Boyd (1975), Miniatures for Guitar (1977), The First Lady of the Guitar (1978), The First Nashville Guitar Quartet (1979) and Liona Boyd with Andrew Davis and the English Chamber Orchestra (1979).

In 1979 Liona Boyd won the Juno award for Instrumental Artist of the Year.

1980-1989

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).

In 1982, 1983, and 1984 Boyd won Juno awards for Instrumental Artist of the Year.

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.

1990-1999

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).

In 1996 Liona Boyd won the Juno award for Instrumental Artist of the Year.

2000-2009

In 2002 Boyd released Camino Latino, a collection of traditional and contempory Latin guitar music. 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 distonia 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.

Liona Boyd released two records in 2009. 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.

Discography

Title Label Year
The Guitar Boot/London 1974
The Guitar Artistry of Liona Boyd Boot/London 1975
Miniatures for Guitar Boot/CBS 1977
The First Lady of the Guitar Columbia 1978
The First Nashville Guitar Quartet RCA 1979
Liona Boyd with Andrew Davis and the English Chamber Orchestra Canadian Artists 1979
Spanish Fantasy CBS 1980
A Guitar for Christmas CBS 1981
The Best of Liona Boyd CBS 1982
Virtuoso CBS 1983
Liona Live in Tokyo CBS 1984
The Romantic Guitar of Liona Boyd CBS/Moston 1985
Persona CBS 1986
Encore A & M 1988
Christmas Dreams A & M 1989
Highlights A & M 1989
Paddle to the Sea Oak Street 1990
Dancing on the Edge Moston 1991
Classically Yours Moston 1995
Whispers of Love Moston 1999
Camino Latino Moston 2002
Liona Boyd Sings Songs of Love Universal 2009
Seven Journeys: Music for the Soul and Imagination (Liona Boyd and Peter Bond) Moston 2009


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