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William Beuche is a renowned guitarist, composer and teacher with a plethora of musical interests encompassing classical guitar, Latin American music and contemporary classical composition. He is a prolific composer with a large and diverse body of work for media and the concert stage. He is currently teaching and working as a freelance composer and performer in the Riverside area.

William began his study of music at the age of thirteen when he began playing folk, rock and blues guitar. He began his formal study of music at Foothill College in Los Altos, California, where he studied classical guitar, music appreciation, theory, and composition. In 2002 William transferred to the University of California at Santa Cruz to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in Music.

William has been composing since his time as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz. His music is influenced by the work of Astor Piazzolla, Toru Takemitsu, Steven Sondheim, George Gershwin, Dimitri Shostakovitch, Paul Hindemith and Erik Satie. In the last year he has premiered three major works: his Three Nocturnes for flute and guitar, Snowblind for piano trio and Dysphoria for clarinet, trombone and contrabass. William also premiered a number of smaller works including Vexation for piano and oboe, Proko for solo piano and the Sonatine for solo clarinet.

At UC Santa Cruz, William studied
classical guitar with William Coulter, jazz improvisation with Ray Brown and North Indian classical music with Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. William also was a member of a number of prestigious ensembles at UC Santa Cruz. He studied the lute and performed works by Dowland, Handel and Scarlatti with the UCSC Early Music Consort under the direction of Professor Linda Burman-Hall. He also performed with the UCSC Balinese and Javanese Gamelan Ensembles under the direction of Professor Linda Burman-Hall and Undang Sumarna . William also was a member of the UCSC Contemporary Music Ensemble directed by Professor Amy Beal, and performed works by Pauline Oliveros, Frederic Rzewski and Christian Wolff during his time with the ensemble.

In April of 2005, William was awarded his Bachelor's of Arts in Music. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, he moved to Los Angeles where he studied guitar with Doctor Emre Sabuncuoglu, founder of the Los Angeles Guitar Academy. In 2006 William composed music for Timmy, The Bag Boy, a comedic short directed by Randy Kent.

In the Fall of 2007, William was accepted into the degree program for a Master of Music in Composition at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and was awarded the Chancellor's Distinguished Fellowship. In addition to his studies at UCR, William was a member of Mayupatapi, the UCR Andean Music ensemble which performed Misa Criolla (a Latin American Mass by Ariel Ramirez) in collaboration with the UCR Chamber Singers. He was also awarded a Gluck Fellowship with the UCR Collegium Musicum with which he performed a repertoire of 16th century German music by composers such as Hans Leo Hassler and Ludwig Senfl. The performances were all given in community establishments such as schools, libraries and assisted living homes and were supplemented by lectures on the topic of the lute and other early instruments.

William is a founding member of Kusisqa, the Riverside Andean Music Ensemble, which performed at the San Bernardino Latin Music Festival in 2009. He is also a founding member of Choro de Serra, a UCR based group performing Brazillian Choro music. He was Vice President of the Composers Collective at UCR, a student organization dedicated to creating performance opportunities for student composers. As Vice President, William worked with the faculty and staff of UC Riverside to budget and organize student-run concerts at venues such as the the UCR Barn and the Riverside Art Museum. He programmed and organized a number of concerts including the December 2008 UCR Composers Collective Concert 2009 UCR is Composing concert.

Currently William is performing with many local ensembles, as well as performing solo classical guitar music at events in the Riverside community such as weddings, arts’ walks and festivals. Recently, he performed at the opening of the Well, a new student health center at UC Riverside. William also teaches classical guitar in the Riverside area. His classical guitar repertoire includes the works of J.S. Bach, Dionisio Aguado, Isaac Albéniz and Agustín Barrios Mangoré. In March of 2010 William premiered Three Virals for solo guitar by Robert Giracello.

William received his Masters of Music in Composition from UC Riverside in December of 2009. His masters thesis consisted of two parts; a written thesis entitled Humor, Appropriation and Misdirection in the Études of David Rakowski and a composition entitled Three Emergences for alto flute, guitar, piano and percussion.

Many thanks to the performers Gary Barnett, Shih-wei “Willie” Wu, Mark McConnell, David Kendall, Justin Myers, Kenneth Del Rio, Ryan Haverty, Eric Marchuk and Robert Giracello for their help in realizing my music.