James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition


presented by the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and hosted by the

Cleveland Institute of Music

John Marcel Williams (USA)
Award winning artist, John Marcel Williams, is establishing a reputation as both a virtuoso concert artist, and devoted teacher.

By age 16 he had garnered over 20 prizes at competitions, including the first prize at the Boston Guitar Festival youth competition, Rosario Guitar Festival, Classical Minds Guitar Festival, and the second prize at the international Guitar Foundation of America young artist competition. In addition he was awarded first prize at the James Stroud competition and won the Pittsburgh Concert Society Audition.

Williams has received degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore where he studied with Manuel Barrueco. In 2021 he graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with David Starobin and Grammy winning artist Jason Vieaux.

Currently, John resides in Philadelphia where he teaches privately, and is an adjunct professor of guitar at Rowan University. He also serves as the Artistic Director for the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society.

Artist's website: johnmarcelwilliams.com/home