Andrés Segovia (1893-1987) was a Spanish musician acclaimed as the primary guitar player of his time. He was the most important figure in reestablishing the guitar as a concert instrument in the 20th century. He continued giving concerts past the age of 90.
Segovia studied the piano and cello but could not be rejected from his passion for the guitar, which was held in low repute at the time as an instrument fit only for playing in cafés. He enlarged the guitar’s repertory with more than 150 transcriptions of works originally written for lute, vihuela, and harpsichord by such composers as François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Johann Sebastian Bach.