Born in Florida, William Carter trained as a modern guitarist with Bruce Holzman at The Florida State University before falling in love with the earlier plucked instruments and the world of historical performance. He travelled to London as a Fulbright Scholar, where he studied the lute with Nigel North and quickly established himself as one of the leading players on old instruments.
Concert tours and festival appearances followed throughout Europe, Asia and North and South America both as an orchestral player and as a soloist. Carter has an extensive discography (including 10 CDs with Palladians) and has featured on numerous recordings by The English Concert and AAM, for both of which he acts as principal lutenist.
He is also an enthusiastic teacher, and is Professor of Baroque Studies and Lute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. 2005 saw a new development in William's career as his exploration of the world of the baroque guitar led to the release of his first solo album ‘La Guitarre Royalle: The music of Francesco Corbetta’, which was widely praised and named in Gramophone's Critics' Choice list for 2005. His most recent solo album, ‘Fernando Sor, Early Works’, was featured on BBC Radio 3 and picked as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone.