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William Terwilliger

Title: Professor / Violin
School of Music
Phone: 803-777-5702

School of Music Room 327


Opus Two
String Program



Violinist William Terwilliger enjoys an exceptionally active and diverse career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher throughout the US and on six continents, including performances and master classes in such global centers as New York, Paris, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Monaco, Nice, Geneva, Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Lima, La Paz, Vladivostok, Accra and Canberra. With pianist Andrew Cooperstock as Opus Two, Terwilliger has performed at New York’s most noteworthy venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, BargeMusic, 54 Below, and the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. 

Internationally, Terwilliger and Cooperstock were featured in recital at London’s St. John’s, Smith Square, at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, and throughout Korea, Japan, Russia and Latin America. As Artistic Ambassadors sponsored by the US State Department, they were featured in various venues throughout Chile, Peru, Bolivia Ecuador, Panama, and Dominican Republic. Other state department-sponsored tours have taken them to France, Switzerland, Germany, Australia and Africa. Festival performances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Hong Kong’s Hell Hot! Festival of New Music, Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, NY, Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, Piccolo Spoleto, Round Top, and Brevard. Their live performances and recordings have been heard on Sirius XM, NPR, the BBC, Radio France, and Latvian and Australian National Radio. 

As champions and gifted interpreters of American music, Terwilliger and Cooperstock have recorded critically acclaimed single-composer CDs of Aaron Copland, Lowell Liebermann, Paul Schoenfield, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin on the Azica, Albany and Naxos labels. Their most recent recording of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, arranged especially for them by legendary Broadway director Eric Stern and brought out by Bridge Records, enjoyed glowing reviews from over a dozen music journals including American Record Guide, BBC Music, The Violin Channel and Musical Theater Review

As concerto soloist, Dr. Terwilliger has performed abroad with l‘Orchèstre des Alpes Maritimes in Nice and Monaco, the Martinu Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, The National Orchestra of Bolivia in La Paz, and the National Orchestra of Ghana in Accra. In the US, he has appeared as soloist with the Toledo Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic (CO), the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Long Bay Symphony (SC), and the Rock Hill Symphony (SC). 

A noted and committed pedagogue, Dr. Terwilliger has given numerous master classes at conservatories and universities across the US, including the Juilliard School, the Cincinnati Conservatory, Arizona State, and the Universities of Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Oklahoma, Georgia, Colorado, as well as at institutions abroad in France, England, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Ukraine, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Peru, Bolivia and Ghana, among others. He has served as an Artist Faculty member at numerous summer festivals including Brevard (NC), Round Top (TX), and Rocky Ridge (CO) as well the Vianden Festival in Luxembourg, the Saarburg Festival in Germany, and the International Concerto Festival in the Czech Republic. Currently, he is Professor of Violin at the University of South Carolina, and concertmaster of the Long Bay and the Rock Hill Symphonies in South Carolina. He earned his doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Zvi Zeitlin and Donald Weilerstein. 

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