Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber – British composer
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber, is a British composer, the eldest son of organist William Lloyd Webber and brother of cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. Lloyd Webber started composing at the age of six, and his first work was published when he was nine years old.
Lloyd Webber has achieved great success in the field of musical theater. Some of his musicals are being played more than ten years in the West End and on Broadway. He created 13 musicals, two themes for films and a requiem. In 1992, the composer was given the title of knight and then a peerage. He is winner of many prestigious awards. Several of his songs, such as The Music of the Night from the musical Phantom of the Opera, I Do not Know How to Love Him from the rock opera Jesus Christ – Superstar, Do not Cry for Me, Argentina from Evita and Memory from Cats became hits.
Andrew Lloyd Webber was born on March 22, 1948 in Kensington, London, UK. His mother Jean Johnstone was a violinist and pianist and his father William Lloyd Webber was a composer. His younger brother, Julian Lloyd Webber is a famous cellist.
Lloyd began composing at a very young age. When he was nine years old his suite of six pieces was published. He also staged his “productions” with Julian and aunt Viola in his toy theater. Later, he would become the owner of several theaters in the West End. His aunt Viola, an actress, took Andrew with her to the theater.
In 1964, after graduating from high school, Webber entered the Oxford College, history department. A year later he quit it.
The first success came to him at the age of 19, when he and Tim Rice wrote the opera Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the school theater. Later Webber and Tim Rice wrote operas Jesus Christ Superstar (1970) and Evita (1976).
In 1981 Webber wrote the musical Cats.
On March 22, 1984 – the day of his birth and the day of the premiere of his new musical Starlight Express – Webber married opera singer Sarah Brightman, who sang the title role in his new musical – The Phantom of the Opera.
In subsequent years, Webber created several successful musicals.
Several films are based on Webber’s musicals. Madonna and Antonio Banderas played the main roles in the film adaptation of Evita.
In 1992 he was awarded a knighthood by Queen, a few years later he was given the title of baron.
In 2010, Webber staged the second part of the Phantom of the Opera – Love Never Dies. The premiere of the musical was held in London’s Adelphi Theatre.
In 2011 he staged his new musical The Wizard of Oz in Palladium Theater.
He is among the hundred richest people in the UK.
Webber is an owner of 7 Tony Awards, 3 Grammy, 7 Olivier Awards, Golden Globe, Oscar, Critics Society Award for best musical of the year 2000, Praemium Imperiale and Richard Rogers Award.