Willard Carter

Willard Carter

Born in Wells (United Kingdom) in 2002. Since 2018, he studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Aline Foriel-Destezet Cello Chair with professor Ivan Monighetti. He has been granted a tuition scholarship by Lynne and David Weinberg as well as tuition and accommodation scholarships by Fundación Albéniz. In 2020 he received the Diploma to the most outstanding student of his chair.

He began his cello studies at the age of four. In 2009 he entered the Wells Cathedral School where he received classes from Elisabeth Anderson and in 2013, he was admitted into the Purcell School under the guidance of professor Alexander Boyarsky. Meanwhile, he furthered his training in chamber music at the children’s department of the Royal College of Music. In 2017 after being granted a scholarship by the Liechtenstein International Music Academy, he received masterclasses from Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. As a student of the Reina Sofía School, he has also received masterclasses from Torleif Thedéen, Alexander Lonquich, and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, and has participated on a meeting with Gautier Capuçon. He was a Raphael Sommer scholar and won the Purcell School’s Junior Concerto as well as the Nancy Carr Memorial, Marjorie Humby, Gordon Turner, Barbara Boissard Concerto and the Chamber Music competitons of the Royal College of Music, that gave him the chance to play at the Wigmore Hall in 2017. He has performed in Pratovecchio, Poppi, Osimo and Recanati in Italy; and in Somerset, Wiltshire and London in the United Kingdom, on stages such as the Charterhouse, Goldsmiths Hall, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

As a student of the Reina Sofía School, he has been part of the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Péter Eötvös. He has also been a member of the Banco Activo Universal Esferas Ensemble and he is currently a member of Enagás Schumann Ensemble as well as Bain Satie Ensemble.