Billy is a London (UK) based award winning Anglo-Brazilian classical / fingerstyle instrumental guitarist, currently studying at The Royal College of Music – inspired by the likes of Rodrigo y Gabriela, Tommy Emmanuel, Mike Oldfield and Paco De Lucia.
In 2016, he reached the grand final of ‘Guitar Star’ – a guitar based talent show open to all ages and genres for Sky Arts TV, which was broadcast in Europe, Australia and South America. During ‘Guitar Star’ Billy stunned audiences with some extraordinary performances convincing even the judges and mentors like jazz legend George Benson, classical virtuoso Miloš Karadaglic, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and David Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti, who described him as ‘a little genius’.
In addition to many other TV and radio appearances, Billy’s online videos of arrangements of popular songs played in a classical style have achieved phenomenal viewing figures, with several over 10 million and overall estimates in the region of 100 million views across all platorms. His performances of Bohemian Rhapsody have been recognised and shared by both Queen and Brian May’s official social media channels.
As an experienced live performer, he has graced the main stage of Towersey Festival along with Midge Ure and Billy Bragg and was musical guest of comedian Rory Bremner. He has performed live at numerous iconic UK music venues, including the legendary Abbey Road Studio number 2 of Beatles fame, London’s Royal Festival Hall, The Cavern Club and The Latitude Festival.
We look forward to having Billy at Guitar Summit 2022.