World's Most Popular Classical Musician Reveals His Early Struggles, Near-Death Experience, and Climb to the Top in New Autobiography

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To celebrate his 70th birthday, Sir James Galway reflects on his storied career in his long-awaited autobiography, The Man With The Golden Flute: The Musical Journey of a Celtic Minstrel.

Sir James Galway, nicknamed "the man with the golden flute," is the most televised and recorded classical artist performing today. To celebrate his 70th birthday, Galway reflects on his storied career in his long-awaited autobiography, The Man With The Golden Flute: The Musical Journey of a Celtic Minstrel (Wiley; November 2009; $25.95 cloth; ISBN: 9780470503911).

As the most televised and recorded classical artist performing today, Sir James has made himself a legend, a modern musical master whose virtuosity on the flute is equaled only by his limitless ambition and vision. In The Man With The Golden Flute, Galway reveals the challenges he has faced over his fifty-year career, coming from the harsh environs of lower working Belfast to becoming one of the top classical musicians of our time. He shares delightful stories from his world travels and friendships with the greatest legends of the musical world. He also talks about the hazards and strains of the touring life, and of the difficulties in balancing fame and his public and private life.

This stirring account is a valuable resource for aspiring musicians. Sir James offers insights into what it takes to become an outstanding player and how to keep growing and developing as an artist long after your formal schooling is over. He also has tips on dealing with fellow musicians, orchestra managers, and fans. Complete with charming and sometimes hilarious tales of Sir James's performances with collaborators ranging from Mstislav Rostropovich to Henry Mancini to the Empress of Japan, The Man With The Golden Flute is a must-read for Galway fans, music lovers, and anyone who is fascinated by the life of the world's most popular classical musician.

Sir James Galway is widely regarded as both a supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries. Through his extensive touring and his frequent international television appearances, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide and has sold more than 30 million albums. In addition to classical music venues, he has appeared with an amazing array of entertainers, including Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, John Denver, Elton John and Pink Floyd. As an instructor and humanitarian, Sir James is a tireless promoter of the arts. In addition to keeping a busy touring schedule in which he gives recitals and performs with the world's leading orchestras, he conducts annual master classes and encourages the next generation of artists through his website TheGalwayNetwork.com. He makes his home on Lake Lucerne in Meggen, Switzerland.

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