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Emma Wills

Emma Wills (1998°) is a young classical guitarist.


She began her classical guitar studies at age 9 at Academie Muzarto in Kalmthout. In 2016 Emma was admitted to the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp (BE), where she continued her classical guitar studies under the guidance of Professors Roland Broux, Nico Couck and Jan Sanen. In 2019 she achieved the degree of Bachelor in Music Classical Guitar with greatest distinction - summa cum laude. After Emma's Bachelor studies, she started her Master's of Music Performance in Classical Guitar (MMUS) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the guidance of Professors Allan Neave, Matthew McAllister, Ian Watt and Sasha Savaloni. Currently she is continuing her Master in Music (performance) at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.


During her studies, Emma took part in many masterclasses with international teachers, including Alberto Mesirca (IT), Michel Gillain (flamenco, BE), Laura Young (CAN), Paul Galbraith (UK), Meng Su (CHN), Göran Söllscher (SW), composer Jessie Marino (US), composer Michael Maierhof (GE), Rafael Aguirre (ES), Johan Fostier (BE),...

Emma collaborates with the Museum Vleeshuis Klank van de Stad. To name a few other collaborations: Golden Trio (UK), RCA gitaarkwintet (BE), Michael Maierhof ('Zonen 6') (DE), Muziektheater Transparant with An Pierlé,....

Projects

solo, theatre, duo como

SOLO

Emma Wills


Emma brings you her own solo programs, suitable for every music lover. Her solo recitals takes you through different countries, all kinds of atmospheres and emotions with a refined selection of repertoire ranging from classical to baroque, renaissance, romantic, contemporary works etc.

All of this results in varied programs which can be cheerful and joyful, vividly and virtuosic, playful and sensitive, and delicate and touching. These aspects are performed with the greatest drive, technical mastery, dedication and an intense passion for the music she brings.


Her solo programs include diverse works from many composers and genres. Works from V. Asencio, J.S. Bach, A. Barrios, L. Brouwer, B. Britten, C. Domeniconi, J. Dowland, A. Gilardino, D. Heusinger,  J. Rodrigo, E. Sainz de La Maza, D. Scarlatti, Q. Sinesi, F. Sor, M. Castelnuovo-Tedesco, H. Villa-Lobos, W. Walton etc. make her solo programs colourful and varied.


Emma plays on beautiful spruce & cedar classical guitars built by luthier René De Bondt and vihuela (renaissance lute) built by Toon Lauwers.

MUZIEKTHEATER

Witte Vlinders

Witte Vlinders is een muzikale vertelling gebaseerd op het werk 'Platero en ik ' van Juan Ramon Jimenez. De klassieke gitariste Emma Wills creëerde deze voorstelling als afstudeerproject aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen.


Het verhaal vertelt de herinneringen van de schrijver uit het dorpje Moguer, over de ontmoetingen en omzwervingen met zijn trouwe ezel Platero. Ze beschrijven op een poëtische manier de zorgeloosheid, de eenvoud en vergankelijkheid van de ongerepte natuur en het leven in Andalusië. In 'Witte Vlinders' wordt een selectie van de Spaanse gedichten verzoend met klassieke muziek, Spaanse volksmuziek, Braziliaanse volksmuziek, Renaissance liederen,  improvisatie, Schotse luitmuziek, Russische volksliederen,,... zowel eigen arrangementen als originele composities. 

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'Platero en ik' werd in 1917 volledig uitgebracht  en kende meteen een groot succes in Spanje en Latijns-Amerika. Dankzij dat succes ontving Juan Ramon Jiménez de Nobelprijs voor Literatuur in 1956.


Maker & regie: Emma Wills

Verteller: Lukas De Wolf 
Muzikanten:

Emma Wills klassieke gitaar - vihuela - elektrische gitaar 

Sebastian Enriques accordeon

An-Sofie Moons sopraan

An Bosmans klarinet

Film: Jeffrey Roekens

Montage en regie film: Emma Wills, Andrea Alexandridis

Ezel in film: Otje, eigenaar Luc Konings

DUO COMO 

Emma Wills & Sebastian Enriques

guitar & accordion 


The friendship between Emma and Sebastian arose very quickly when they both started their first Bachelor of Classical Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in 2016. They decided to form an official duo when it turned out that they excelled in their interplay. 

Their musical taste goes far beyond traditional genres. They love light, elegant classical music from past and present, but also jazz, outspoken rhythms and southern influences. Duo Como plays, and also arranges, well-known and lesser known works by A. Piazzolla, J.S. Bach, R. Galliano, B. Lagrene, R. Balkanski, T. Gubitsch, etc.

The name Como originates from a trip to the beautiful Italian Como Lake, where they had an incredibly beautiful time together with their friends. That's exactly what they want to convey on stage: love for music, the pleasure of playing, and the warm atmospheres of blissful summer evenings.


Their first program is called Douce Joie, a colourful program full of the sweet joy of warm, blissful summer evenings and love for music. In this program Emma & Sebastian take you through rhythmic, joyful, playful, and also sensitive atmospheres with a gentle summer breeze. 

For more information about Sebastian Enriques you can visit his website: www.sebastianenriques.com