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Canadian-Dutch violinist Edwin Huizinga has a reputation as one of North America’s most versatile violinists. This season he will be touring North America and New Zealand with his duo Fire & Grace, with legendary guitarist William Coulter. Edwin is also a member of five-piece Canadian indie-rock band The Wooden Sky. Edwin has performed with Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Mike Marshall and Steve Wonder. He is a founding member of the Classical Revolution, as well as the 12-piece, New York City-based early music band the ACRONYM ENSEMBLE. This year he has been commissioned to write a piece for Canada’s 150th Anniversary, and will be a guest artistic director with the Carmel Bach Festival, as well as Artistic Director of the Big Sur Land Trust’s camp for kids.
William Coulter is an internationally acclaimed master of the steel-string guitar. In 2005, he was awarded a Grammy Award for a track he contributed to a solo guitar compilation of Henry Mancini’s 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.