William Coulter is an internationally acclaimed master of the steel-string guitar. In 2005, he was awarded a Grammy for a track he contributed to a solo guitar compilation of Henry Mancini music called The Pink Guitar. Coulter has been Music Director for Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas since 1998, and has performed with the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Apollo’s Fire and many other ensembles. Collaborations have been a mainstay of his career including tours and recordings with Gourd Music artists Neal Hellman and Barry and Shelley Phillips; classical guitar virtuoso Benjamin Verdery, and Irish flute wizard Brian Finnegan. Tours have taken him around the states and to Ireland, Europe, Taiwan and most recently to Chile. Coulter teaches classical guitar at UC Santa Cruz and at many summer camps and festivals. Upcoming projects include a new recording with Native Irish singer Eilis Kennedy, and tours and a debut recording with the Canadian violin virtuoso Edwin Huizinga. Coulter earned degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and UC Santa Cruz.   

Edwin Huizinga is living a life goal of bringing music to the people. Edwin can be seen onstage performing with Canada’s biggest indie rock bands, the world’s greatest baroque orchestras, some of the most innovative unique chamber orchestras, and also as a soloist performing around the world. One of Edwin’s accolades this season   was performing with Stevie Wonder! 2016 will include a North American tour of his cross-genre violin and guitar duo Liquid Gold, touring internationally with the Wooden Sky, and performing with his baroque band Acronym, as a founding member. He is also Artistic Director of a consistently sold out chamber music series in Toronto called Stereo Live, as well as Artistic Director of a kids camp in Big Sur, California.  This season he will also be performing with The Knights NYC Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Brandywine Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Carmel Bach Festival, Trinity Alps Chamber players, and more. Edwin is also a founding member of Classical Revolution and is so excited to be making his first appearance with the Smithsonian chamber players! 

Fire & Grace - Virtuoso Violin Meets Celtic Guitar

William Coulter & Edwin Huizinga first met in Cleveland, in 2014 when both were taking part in a series of concerts produced by Apollo's Fire. The following winter Edwin was asked to join William for his annual Celtic Christmas tour with Tomaseen Foley. During that tour the duo began performing their own arrangement of Winter by Vivaldi, and the audiences loved it. This inspired them to arrange more classical music and explore other types of folk music as well. Since then they have toured together and recorded their first CD called Fire & Grace which will be released in October 2016.