Emma Wills

Classical guitarist / Period instruments

A former Promising Young Musician 2022 in 'De Twintigers' at the national classical radio Klara, Vocatio-Laureate 2023 for her dedication to reviving forgotten Romantic guitar repertoire performed on historical instruments with remarkable skill and authenticity and, Ambassadrice for historical guitars at the monumental Museum Vleeshuis. Emma Wills is known as an extraordinary and versatile guitarist, not only in her programs and projects, but also instrumentation as she masters the vihuela, chitarra battente, the Romantic and the classical guitar across her diverse projects and performances.

In addition to her captivating solo projects, Wills is also featured in various successful ensembles. She performs with Duo Como and the Delta Baroque ensemble, collaborates with cellist Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde, and in duo with soprano Fleur Strijbos.

Wills also appears in recital at iconic venues across Europe and USA including the Ullapool Guitarfestival, festival Neuburg an der Donau, Concertgebouw Brugge, MA-Festival, Bach in de Stad, Kamermuziekdagen Brugge, Waldenfestival, Musica Devina Festival, Drongenhofkapel, Festival Odegand, Gent Festival van Vlaanderen, MIM Brussels, cultural centers, Museum Vleeshuis, KMSKA, Island of Cumbrae, Maastricht, AMUZ, Klub Katarakt Hamburg, livestream for IAWM Portland, to name a few. 

Born in Brasschaat (BE) in 1998, Wills started playing the guitar at the age of eight. She obtained multiple Masters' in Music Performance degrees from the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow. Wills studied under the guidance of Professors Allan Neave, Matthew McAllister, Sasha Savaloni, Nico Couck and Roland Broux. 

VOCATIO Laureate 2023, photo: Karel Duerinckx