Carlos Bonell is a recognized guitar virtuoso, the rare player who has mastered the art of classical guitar as well as that of popular music. He was born in London of Spanish parents and studied at the Royal College of Music with guitarist John Williams, where he was appointed the youngest ever professor in 1972.
He gained prominence in 1981 through his recording for Decca of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Charles Dutoit. It has been repeatedly singled out as the finest version available. At the beginning of his recording career, his 1976 CBS recording with John Williams and Friends received a Grammy nomination. Since 2006, Bonell has been helping Sir Paul McCartney in notating and recording a concerto for guitar and orchestra. His Tucson program will include classical pieces and a selection from his recent hit CD "Magical Mystery Guitar Tour," dedicated to the Beatles and currently No. 1 on classical iTunes.