William Coulter is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy award winning master of the steel-string guitar. His most recent recording Partita Americana, with Canadian violin virtuoso Edwin Huizinga, and mandolinist Ashley Broder is a collection of Baroque and Traditional music – featuring a blending of music by JS Bach with traditional and contemporary American fiddle tunes. In 2019, Fire & Grace – Coulter’s duo with Huizinga, will be premiering their movie – Fire & Grace in Ireland – at the Santa Cruz Film Festival. Filmed at 8 different venues in County Kerry Ireland, this movie captures live performances of The Liquid Gold Suite – a blending of Bach and Irish music, and features stunning scenes of the glorious landscape and fascinating people of County Kerry.
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. In March of 2016 he debuted Celtic Journey, a full length pops concert with the Omaha Symphony featuring Irish singers, dancers, musicians and story-teller. 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, New Zealand, Chile, and most recently Australia. Coulter teaches classical guitar at UC Santa Cruz and at many summer camps and festivals. Coulter earned degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the university of hard knocks.