Will Copeland (b. 1998) is a Japanese-American violinist currently studying historical performance on baroque violin at The Juilliard School. At a very young age, he was introduced to the worlds of orchestral music, chamber music, composition, and new music, which he continues now through a historical lens.
His previous studies on modern violin allowed him to participate in activities such as playing in Europe on international tours, working with esteemed guest conductors and musicians in the United States, participating in summer chamber music festivals, and premiering new pieces by students and contemporary composers, all of which he continues to do in his studies at Juilliard, Nuova Pratica, and his current home in Europe.
He writes historical compositions and plays music on period instruments in styles ranging from around 1600 to the present day, and is especially interested in researching Italian music at the turn of the 17th century. Will’s hobbies include reading old books and struggling to teach himself historical instruments and dead languages.