William has earned recognition for his artistry as a solo and chamber musician and has been praised by American Record Guide for his “perfect intonation, wide range of timbre…expressive phrasing, and great sensitivity”. He spent two years as a US Fulbright grantee to Vienna, Austria studying at the Vienna Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst. He was a featured performer multiple times for members of the United Nations Council as well as foreign ambassadors from Russia, Spain, Germany, and Austria.
William is a member of the guitar/violin Duo Sonidos with guitarist Adam Levin, receiving 1st Prize at the 2010 Luys Milan International Guitar Chamber Music Competition The duo has been recently featured on Chicago WFMT Radio's Live from Mayne Stage progam as well as Arts Talk on WCNY Syracuse, WGBH Radio Boston, WFMT Radio Chicago, and PBS Interlocken. Discography includes tracks on Adam Levin: "In the Beginning" and the debut album Duo Sonidos, which was selected by BBC Music magazine as US Choice Release praising the duo's "loose-limbed, easy virtuoso 'cool' and beguiling tonal warmth that combined laid-back intuitiveness with classical sophistication". This debut album received additional acclaim and features in Fanfare Magazine, Classical Guitar Magazine, and American Record Guide. Duo Sonidos is internationally active in commissioning and premiering new compositions for the duo and tours extensively internationally.
William has participated in various international festivals and academies including the Internationale Sommer Akademie Prague-Vienna- Budapest, the IMPULS New Music Ensemble Akademie with the Vienna Klangforum Orchestra, and the Juilliard International Akademie at the Hochschule fur Musik in Leipzig, Germany. Mr. Knuth has traveled and performed in central Europe at notable venues such as the Bösendorfer Hall-Vienna, the Antonio Vivaldi Hall-Vienna, the Mendelssohn House-Leipzig Germany, the Instituto Internacional of Madrid, and the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin. Recent concerts in the US have included performances in New York's Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Columbia University's Miller Theater, Boston's Jordan Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Harvard Sanders Theater, Boston WGBH Radio, Chicago WFMT Radio, NPR Radio, Mayne Stage Chicago, guest solo appearances with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Boston International Guitarfest, and ensemble work with Discovery Ensemble (Associate Concertmaster), Signal Ensemble. Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, The Harvard Group for New Music, June in Buffalo festival, and the Ojai Festival.
William holds a MM degree at the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Nicholas Kitchen of the Borromeo Quartet, a Fulbright certificate for work with Ernst Kovacic at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, and a BM in violin with a minor in German from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester where he was a student of Lynn Blakeslee and the Ying Quartet.
In addition to New York, William Thomas will also travel to Brooklyn, Hoboken, Jersey City, Long Island City, Union City, Weehawken, Flushing, North Bergen, West New York, Bayonne, Kearny, Secaucus, Staten Island, Cliffside Park, Fairview, Jamaica, Bronx, Edgewater, Harrison, Newark, North Arlington, Ridgefield, Fort Lee, Little Ferry, Lyndhurst, Moonachie, Palisades Park, Ridgewood, Belleville, Carlstadt
and many other locations in and around the New York area.
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