Dr. Joseph Williams II is a celebrated composer, performer, and educator.
His solo concerts have been presented by the New England Conservatory and Austin Classical Guitar Society as well as numerous music festivals, universities and concert series in the United States and abroad. He has won prizes in thirteen international guitar competitions including the 8th Annual Texas Guitar Competition, St. Joseph International Guitar Festival & Competition, Classical Minds Guitar Festival, New England Conservatory Boston GuitarFest, Fresno Guitar Panorama, and Portland Guitar Festival and Competition.
Williams is a member of the acclaimed Texas Guitar Quartet whose recent concert have been presented by the New York Guitar Society, Appalachian GuitarFest, Mid-American Guitar Ensemble Festival, and Eastern Carolina Summer Guitar Workshop. Their 2012 album Red was featured on Classical Guitar Alive and Guitar Journey’s with Giacomo Fiore. Guitar International describes Red as performed “with virtuosity, clarity, balance, and a refined character.”
His compositions have been praised for delivering “great beauty, excitement and musical satisfaction” (Peter Bay, conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra) and a “wealth of rich colors painting intriguing atmospheres…” (Brad Conroy, Guitars International). He is the Composer in Residence for Austin Classical Guitar. His works have been performed by such notable performers as the Mirô String Quartet, Adam Holzman, Cavatina Duo, Les Frères Méduses, and Texas Guitar Quartet.
Williams directs guitar studies at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. He has served on the faculties of the University of Southern Mississippi, University of New Mexico, Adam State University and Fort Lewis College. He holds degrees from the University of Texas (D.M.A.), University of Arizona (M.M.) and University of New Mexico (B.M.). His mentors include Adam Holzman, Thomas Patterson, Michael Chapdelaine, Donald Grantham, and Patrice Repar.