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About the Duo

Bob Williams on Guitar

Bob Williams began playing guitar in middle school and has since been performing and teaching for over 30 years. While playing in bands along the East Coast while in high school and college, he continued his studies of jazz and classical guitar.
After receiving his high school’s “Most Talented” award, he attended Methodist University where he developed the school’s first jazz program for the music department. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in music, he continued classical guitar studies at UNC-W ilmington with Michael Lorimer, a student of the renowned Andres Segovia. At this time Bob developed a classical guitar program at Sandhills Community College. Many of his students went on to earn their degrees in music, and a number of his jazz students have graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music. As an instructor Bob has written two method books which have sold more than 4000 copies.
His Modern Method for Guitar is used by a number of teachers and schools. After teaching in the public school system in North Carolina and developing a private school of music, he moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where he continues to teach and perform full time. He teaches classical to rock guitar at East Cooper Music in Mount Pleasant SC. His students are consistently chosen as the guitarists for the local middle and high school jazz bands, and his students consistently place high in the all-state jazz band auditions. Only two students are accepted from the entire state each year, and Bob has had students in those positions five times. His students also audition regularly for the South Carolina Governor’s School on classical guitar. On weekends you can hear Bob perform in the five-star Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island and at the Charleston Grill in Charleston Place Hotel.

Michael Williams, Violin

Michael was born in a musical family, his father being a classical guitarist, mother a classical pianist, and older brother a classical and jazz pianist. Michael has played the violin He attended the Charleston County School of the Arts for middle and high school, then attended the College of Charleston. He became one of the in-house musicians and only violinist to play jazz in the Charleston Grill in the Charleston Place Hotel. In college, he studied classical under Lee-Chin Siow and jazz under David Heywood, and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Performance on the violin. By graduation, his wife, Lauren and Mike creates the Palmetto Strings ensemble. In 2009, he has also created a music school, named East Cooper Music, located in Mount Pleasant, SC. You may hear him live at the Charleston Grill downtown any Sunday night.