The founding member and the lead guitarist Testament, Alex Skolnick, shared the sad news of the classical guitarist Julian Bream‘s death on Instagram and wrote about the inspirational career Bream had in his emotional open letter.

The British classical guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream was widely known as one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of the 20th century. With his fascinating works, Bream contributed to change the public opinion against classical guitar as a respectable instrument. After a career full of success, Julian sadly passed away on August 14, 2020, at the age of 87. His management company announced the death of Bream without sharing any details of the cause.

Recently on Instagram, Alex Skolnick posted The New York Times article on British classical guitarist and lutenist, Julian Bream, and bid him farewell with a long statement about his successful music career.

On the caption of his post, Skolnick thanked The New York Times for composing a detailed article on Julian’s personal life and music which had been a source of inspiration for many musicians. Additionally, Alex suggested his fans and followers take a look at the article and listen to some of Julian Bream’s music over the weekend.

Here’s what Alex Skolnick stated on the caption of his post:

“Farewell to a giant. Classical guitar isn’t my main forte, but I own some great albums by him performing Heitor Villa-Lobos, Bach & Rodrigo’s Concierto De Aranjuez (a piece that inspired Miles, Chick Corea, etc).

This is an intriguing obit in The New York Times so much I didn’t know. Classical guitar was hated by the establishment when he was in music school, so much they made him major in piano/cello and told him to leave the guitar home. He helped expand the repertoire far beyond what Segovia, the only other popular classical guitarist at the time, was doing.

He was one of the first 20th Century recording artists to explore music for the Baroque lute and other early instruments. At one point, he was in a bad car wreck that shattered one elbow, so he had surgeons set it back in place in permanent playing position (that’s so metal). Read it if you can and listen to some of his music over the weekend (I know I Will). RIP #JulianBream”

You can see the post Alex Skolnick shared on his Instagram account below.

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Farewell to a giant. Classical guitar isn’t my main forte, but I own some great albums by him performing Heitor Villa-Lobos, Bach & Rodrigo’s Concierto De Aranjuez (a piece that inspired Miles, Chick Corea etc). This is an intriguing obit in @nytimes so much I didn’t know. Classical guitar was HATED by the establishment when he was in music school, so much they made him major in piano/cello and told him leave the guitar home. He helped expand the repertoire far beyond what Segovia, the only other popular classical guitarist at the time, was doing. He was one of the first 20th Century recording artists to explore music for the Baroque lute and other early instruments. At one point, he was in a bad car wreck that shattered one elbow, so he had surgeons set it back in place in permanent playing position (that’s so metal). Read it if you can and listen to some of his music over the weekend (I know I Will). RIP #JulianBream #ripjulianbream

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