William Knuth, violinist, has earned recognition for his artistry as a solo and chamber musician. Mr. Knuth spent two years as a U.S. Fulbright grantee to Austria, studying the Viennese musical tradition and the music of twentieth-century Austria at the Vienna Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst. In Vienna, William was a student of Ernst Kovacic, who has personally premiered and/or commissioned most of the major Austrian works for the violin that have been written in the past 40 years. Knuth was a featured performer multiple times for the American Ambassador to Austria, the Austrian Federal Minister of Culture, and members of the United Nations council at the Vienna Diplomatische Akademie as well as at the Ambassador’s private villa in Vienna. Additionally, Mr. Knuth has performed for the American Ambassador to Germany in Berlin.
Mr. Knuth is a member of the guitar/violin Duo Sonidos with guitarist Adam Levin, which received 1st Prize at the 2010 Luys Milan International Guitar Chamber Music Competition. In January 2011, the duo was featured on Chicago WFMT Radio’s Live from Mayne Stage program. Knuth’s discography includes tracks on Adam Levin’s In the Beginning and the debut album Duo Sonidos, featuring world-premiere recordings of works by Jan Friedlan and Eduardo Morales-Caso as well as works by Manuel De Falla, Astor Piazzolla, and Salvador Brotons. Duo Sonidos is internationally active in commissioning and premiering new compositions for the duo and recently commenced a 2010 tour of Spain, The Canary Islands, California, and New England.
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 famed Bösendorfer Hall in Vienna; the Antonio Vivaldi Hall in Vienna; the Mendelssohn Hall at the Mendelssohn House in Leipzig; Minoriten-saal in Graz, Austria; Panhans-saal in Semmering, Austria; the Instituto Internacional of Madrid; and the Berliner Ensemble in Berlin. Recent concerts in the U.S. have included performances in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Harvard Sanders Theater, Boston WGBH Radio, Chicago WFMT Radio, NPR Radio, Electric Works San Francisco, Mayne Stage Chicago, and guest solo appearances with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Boston International GuitarFest, and ensemble work with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, The Harvard Group for New Music, The Discovery Ensemble (Associate Concertmaster), June in Buffalo festival, and the Ojai Festival as a member of Signal Ensemble working with Brad Lubman, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Evan Ziporyn, and Philip Glass.
William holds a MM degree at New England Conservatory, where he studied with Nicholas Kitchen of the acclaimed Borromeo Quartet, a Fulbright certificate for work 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 high school, William studied under the tutelage of James Krehbiel in Syracuse, NY. Additionally, Mr. Knuth has worked with artists such as Eliot Fisk, Robert Levin, Paul Biss, Mikhail Kopelman, Paul O’Dette, Malcom Bilson, Gabriel Estarellas, Mary Lou Speaker-Churchill, Charles Castleman, Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann, Stephen Doan, John Graham, Andrew Jennings, Stephen Clapp, Christopher Rowland, the Tokyo Quartet, and the St. Petersburg Quartet.