Guitarist William Wilson’s professional career includes performing, composing, and recording in a variety of settings. As a soloist he brings Latin and world music influence to classical guitar, capturing an alive, passionate and refined sound for a diverse audience. William has been a member of the Peter Pupping Quartet for the past fifteen years and performs on their four albums Cafe Pacifico, Sea Journey, Samba Nights and Embarcadero. Media appearances include KPBS radio as well as CBS, FOX, NBC, and KUSI television stations in San Diego. His compositions range among works for symphony, opera, voice, piano, and guitar. At Guitar Sounds Studios in Encinitas, California, he teaches private guitar lessons.
William released his first solo CD, La Catedral, on the Guitar Sounds label. Seeking to capture the passion and peace of the Latin soul, La Catedral contains classical guitar works by Spanish and Latin American composers, including Joaquin Rodrigo and Augustin Barrios. Other releases include Tango for One, exploring the music of Piazolla and Ginastera, two of Argentina’s greatest composers, and Sketches and Impressions, a collection of William’s original works.
William was selected to play for world-renowned classical guitarist Christopher Parkening at a master class in Los Angeles, California in May 2002. He remains honored to have received instruction from Mr. Parkening, the most celebrated student of 20th century guitar legend Andres Segovia.
William attended SDSU from 1996-2001 where he studied with guitarist Fred Benedetti for five years. There he performed with SDSU’s New Music Ensemble, the Collegium Musicum, and the Guitar Ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. David Ward-Steinman, he composed Teresa Benedicta, an opera scene performed by SDSU Opera Theater as well as Hosea 2:16 a symphonic movement performed by the SDSU symphony.
He graduated summa cum laude from SDSU with a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance and was selected Outstanding Student of the Year from the graduating class of 2001.
William Wilson was born on August 27, 1978 in San Diego, California. Though encouraged by both parents, much of his musical passion can be credited to the Argentine ancestry of his mother. From age six to ten he studied piano. In 1987, nine-year-old William began classical guitar study with local artist Peter Pupping, who remained his primary teacher and promoter for the next eight years.
In 1994 William performed his first solo recital, for which he was honored with an award from the North County Concert Association. The following year marked his first recording appearance as a guest artist on Peter Pupping’s Gloria. While still in high school, William achieved First Place in the Rancho Bernardo Master Chorale Competition. Guitar studies with Pupping were supplemented with master classes by guitarists such as Anisa Angorola and L.A. Guitar Quartet’s Scott Tennant.