EMMA WILLS

CLASSICAL GUITARIST / HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS / EDUCATOR / PROJECT-MAKER

ABOUT

Emma Wills (b.1998) is a promising, passionate, and versatile classical guitarist. She brings genre-defying programming to stages around the globe. She performs solo on classical guitar and period instruments; with orchestra, in successful duo's, in music-theatre and so much more. 


Named 'Promising Young Musician 2022' by radio Klara (Classical Radio and Television, VRT) in their series 'De Twintigers'. She was featured in a series of live interview programs (Music Matters, Espresso) and a concert in the famous Studio Toots. Emma has taken a position as an Ambassador of an original Romantic Marotel guitar (Mirecourt, ca. 1820) at Museum Vleeshuis and performs outstanding, authentic and rare repertoire on this period instrument. Together, Emma and Thomas Boodts form Duo Marotel, a Romantic guitar-pianoforte duo performing their first program 'Ganymed' on historical instruments. Since 2018, Emma and accordionist Sebastian Enriques perform as Duo Como. The passion and technical agility in their playing, which is performed with great enjoyment, is evident in their varied and summery program named 'Douce Joie'. Emma is active in the theatre scene as well. Her original theatre-project 'Witte vlinders' received greatest distinction and toured in different places throughout Belgium.


Active as a performer, collaborator and educator, Emma's recent activities include; performances with the all-female Virago Symphonic Orchestra as a soloist to perform the Concerto de Aranjuez in the acclaimed concerthall of AMUZ and broadcasted in Portland (USA); performances and recordings on historical instruments (Belgium); concerts in Scotland (UK) and the Netherlands. She also performed World-premieres of new works contemporary music by Michael Maierhof in Klub Katarakt (Germany), Transit-festival (Belgium), Jessie Marino (USA) and 'Go Guitars' by Loïs V. Vierk (USA). Last, she has also performed in collaborative projects with actor Lukas De Wolf, Muziektheater Transparant, and with An Pierlé (Big-Bang festival, Handelsbeurs concertzaal, deBijloke, deSingel).


Emma obtained her Master's degree 'Master in Music Performing Arts - Classical guitar' in June 2021 at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp 'Magna cum laude', where she was trained as a professional guitarist under the guidance of Roland Broux, Jan Sanen and Nico Couck. During her first year of her Master's, Emma was admitted to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (UK) under the guidance of Allan Neave, Matthew McAllister, and Sasha Savaloni. Emma has participated in many masterclasses with international guitarists including Alberto Mesirca (IT), Michel Gillain (flamenco, BE), Laura Young (CAN), Paul Galbraith (UK), Meng Su (CHN), Göran Söllscher (SW), Rafael Aguirre (ES), Johan Fostier (BE), Stephanie Jones (AUS), Matthew Cochran (US), Katrine Klingeberge Duo KM (DE).


Emma plays beautiful spruce (2016) & cedar (2018) classical guitars built by luthier René De Bondt and a historical Romantic Marotel guitar (Mirecourt, 1820) restored by Toon Lauwers (collection Museum Vleeshuis).

ACHIEVEMENTS


Young promising musician 'De Twintigers'

Klara radio, VRT
Since 2022


Ambassadrice Romantic guitar historical Museum Vleeshuis

Marotel guitar ca. 1820
Since 2021


Master in Music Performing Arts Classical guitar

Magna Cum Laude
Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, Belgium
Since 2021


Master in Music Performing Arts Classical guitar

Magna Cum Laude

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK
Since 2019

Klara attaches great importance to musical quality and kept that criteria in mind when selecting the young musicians. They are at the start of their career, or have already made themselves known with a few recordings, and are distinguished by their striking personality or maturity. Klara strongly believes in their potential and offers them a stage with De Twintigers to show their talent to the public.


 Klara radio
Flemish Television Broadcasting, Brussels
 Translated from Dutch

Emma is incredibly talented, passionate, ambitious, and very driven. She is the perfect Ambassador for the guitar in the historical Museum Vleeshuis. We could not wish for a better representative. Keep an eye on her because she's very promising.






Timothy De Paepe

director Museum Vleeshuis, Antwerp Translated from Dutch