Tommy Emmanuel

Tommy Emmanuel est une vraie légende de la guitare et de son pays, l'Australie. Il a commencé à pratiquer à l'âge de quatre ans et a eu sa première guitare à six ans ! Il a acquis un succès inégalé pour un artiste instrumentiste. Que l'on en juge : il n'a pas moins à son actif de quatre albums de platine, trois d'or et de nombreux Awards. Son nouvel album "Only" est pour la première fois un album acoustique de ses compositions. Une façon pour l'artiste d'ouvrir sa musique au reste du Monde.

Il a participé à la cérémonie de clôture des Jeux Olympiques de Sidney (été 2000). Il s'est vu décerner par Chet ATKINS la certification CGP (Certified Guitar Player), certification que seul 4 guitaristes au Monde possèdent, et qui le positionne parmi un des 4 meilleurs guitaristes de la planète !



Tommy Emmanuel, cgp
" One of the greatest players on the planet" . 
Chet Atkins, cgp.
"I'm gonna steal all his guitars, the kid's entirely too good." . 
Jerry Reed.
"I have played with Tommy, he is amazing" . Martin Taylor. "Tommy's recordings and his songs are imbued with a vitality and beauty rarely heard in instrumental music today" . Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

" I hesitate to refer to Tommy Emmanuel simply as a guitar player, because he is unquestionably one of the most gifted artists of our time."
Jim Ohlschmidt, Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

From his recent appearance on the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Sydney, to his monumental discovery and reception at this year's Winfield Guitar Festival in Kansas, to his sold out Australian tour in August/September, it's clear to see that 2000 is quickly becoming a landmark year for Tommy Emmanuel.


Tommy Emmanuel is a household name in his native homeland of Australia. His music and his life have become part of Australian legend. Through hard work and endless tours, he has earned a success unequalled by any instrumental artist ever in Australia. With 4 platinum & 3 gold albums and many awards, he sets the standard for others to emulate. His career has spanned 4 decades and continues to forge on into the 21st century with a new CD titled "ONLY" his first solo acoustic album, with a mission to expand his audience and take his music to the rest of the world.


"I've spent all my life from the age of 4 playing music and entertaining people, I never wanted to do anything else" he says . "Music brings people together."
From the poverty of a childhood in the outback to the Grammy awards in New York City, Tommy has always believed in staying true to what he believes he should be doing in his life, which is "playing guitar and making people feel good." 
Tommy's presence was felt in the USA when his album "Midnight Drive" was in the top 5 for 16 weeks, which made him the "most added artist" on the NAC radio charts in 1997. 


In Nashville in 1999, Tommy was honoured by his mentor, Chet Atkins, receiving the Certified Guitar Player (CGP) award, for his contribution to finger style guitar. It was a crowning moment for the "Kid from Down Under."
His versatility has taken Tommy from international Jazz Festivals to special events at The Sydney Opera House, The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, performing for the King of Thailand and the Australian Prime Minister and going to remote areas in Peru and Africa to name a few.
Tommy has toured and worked with;
Sir George Martin, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Michael Bolton, Olivia Newton-John, Tina Arena, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, James Burton, John Denver, Albert Lee, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Dave Koz, Martin Taylor, Leo Kottke, Hank Marvin, Joe Walsh, Warren Hill, James Morrison, John Farnham, Roberta Flack, Randy Goodrum, David Hirshfelder and many more.


1984-90: Best Guitarist - Juke Magazine. 
1990: Best Guitarist - Rolling Stone. 
1988: Best Studio Musician & Best Guitarist. 
1989-90: Ambassador of Music in Australia. 
1991: Best Adult Contemporary album ARIA (Australia's Grammy). 
1992: 3 Platinum awards for album sales in Australia, NZ and Asia. 
1993: MO award for Entertainer of the Year. 
1994: Best Adult Contemporary album ARIA. 
1995: MO award for Entertainer of the Year. 
1995: Paul Harris Fellow, fundraising for the Rotary Club. 
1996: Gold Award for 'Live' Album with the Australian Philharmonic. 
1997: Most Added Artist on Smooth Jazz Radio, North America. 
1998: Best Country Instrumental Album/Nashville Music Awards
1998: Grammy Nomination with Chet Atkins for 'The Day Fingerpickers took over the World.') 
1999: Certified Guitar Player award for lifetime contribution to finger style guitar playing.
2000: Featured Appearance at the Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Viewing audience: 2.75 billions.


1978 From Out of Nowhere. Duets with Pee Wee Clark (Australia's first 'direct to disc' recording
1988 Up From Down Under (EMI)
1989 Dare To Be Different (EMI)
1991 Determination (SONY MUSIC)
1993 The Journey (SONY MUSIC)
1994 The Journey Continues (SONY MUSIC)
1995 Terra Firma. Duets with Phil Emmanuel (SONY MUSIC)
1996 Classical Gas. LIVE recording with The Australian Philharmonic ( SONY MUSIC)
1997 Can't Get Enough (SONY MUSIC)
Named "Midnight Drive" in USA (HIGHER OCTAVE MUSIC0
1998 The Day Fingerpickers Took Over the World. Duets with Chet Atkins (SONY/COLUMBIA) Received a Grammy nomination.
1999 Collaboration. Duets with various artists (SONY MUSIC)
2000 Only. (EMI MUSIC) Solo acoustic album.
2000 Live Concert Video filmed at the Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis, MO. (MEL BAY)
Gina Mendello - Artist Representative Tel: 1 615 333 2202
P.O. Box 121983 Fax: 1 615 333 0882
Nashville, TN 37212 Cell: 1 615 479 7880
Web address:


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Concert et master-class de Tommy EMMANUEL des 29 et 30 mai 2001 sont interdits à la diffusion sous quelques formes que ce soit sans l'autorisation écrite des Auteurs concernés ( Jean-Claude MALLEVAEY, Bernard CARTIAUX, Dominique VERLYCK et Christian JOUSSE).

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- pour les photos en couleurs : Studio Mallevaey Dunkerque
- pour les photos noir et blanc : Bernard Cartiaux

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