Bret Williams has been hailed as a guitarist of "spectacular energy and technical resource" (Nylon Review) and billed as a "rising star in the New York classical guitar scene" (New York Classical Guitar Society). Classical Guitar Magazine profiled his work as "alluring" and "accomplished." Tony Morris of NPR's Classical Guitar Alive! Praised his music for it's "energetic, warm and polished sound." Soundboard Magazine credits him with "wonderful precision." The Montauk Pioneer wrote "The audience couldn't help but see how much passion there was and gave a standing ovation after a stellar performance." Raised in Central California, Mr. Williams studied with Terry Mills from the University of the Pacific. He went on to receive his Bachelors of Music from the University of Texas at Austin while under the instruction of Adam Holzman. After receiving numerous accolades, he continued his studies in New York City at the Mannes School. There he worked with Fred Hand, Michael Newman, and Terry Chaplain. Soon after receiving his Masters Degree, he formed La Vita Williams Guitar Duo with Giacomo La Vita. The duo garnered success and praise with the release of their CD [89th & 2nd Records, CD 313-5B-1] and subsequent performances. Mr. Williams has recently appeared alongside Metropolitan Opera tenor Ronald Naldi at the Summer Stars Chamber Music Festival. Other notable concerts include the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, St. Peter's Church, The Riverside Church, the Shandelee Music Festival, and the Mannes Guitar Symposium. He has taught at Concordia College, Lucy Moses School, The School at Columbia University, Hostos Community College, Turtle Bay Music School, and Rodeph Shalom School. Bret was recently awarded a sponsorship by D'Addario, who's strings he proudly uses. His album, Solo Guitar, came out in 2010. It features original compositions, works written by his contemporaries, and classics by Villa Lobos, Piazzolla, and Llobet.