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Liona Maria Carolynne Boyd, LLD, D.Mus, CM, O.Ont, is a Canadian classical guitarist, composer, songwriter and singer. Boyd was born in London, England on July 11, 1949 and became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 1975.
Liona Boyd, known as "The First Lady of the Guitar" has introduced millions around the world to the art of classical guitar through her concerts, television specials, and twenty recordings, many of which have gone "Gold" and "Platinum".
Liona Boyd completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Performance at the University of Toronto where she graduated with honors and won first prize in the Canadian National Music Competition. After two years of private study with Alexandre Lagoya in Paris, Liona returned to North America and recorded her first album for Boot/London Records. After her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall the New York Times praised her "flair for brilliance."
After spending most of her life in Toronto, Canada Liona married John B. Simon and resided in Beverly Hills, California for fourteen years . After divorcing she relocated to Miami in 2004 and then to Connecticut in 2007 where she presently lives.
In Sept 2009 Universal Music Canada released a milestone CD called "Liona Boyd Sings Songs of Love"...with Srdjan Givoje, two voices and two guitars. It contains seventeen love songs including"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"and "Baby Maybe", her latest music video.
In Nov 2009 Universal released a second very different CD by Liona Boyd and Peter Bond called "Seven Journeys, music for the soul and the imagination" It has been described as "Vangelis meets Enya meets Morricone."
Liona wrote "Music contributes profoundly to the richness and beauty of our life experience. I feel so fortunate to be able to share this wonderful international language with people around the world."