Infinity Willner (they/them) is a performer and educator who believes in the uniquely joyful experience of musical creation. Through collaboration and experimentation within many performance contexts, they believe in breaking down the traditional barriers between audiences and performers. As a teacher, they believe that all students are unique learners who deserve to be taught in the ways that are most comfortable for them, always emphasizing fun and creativity.
Growing up in Washington, DC in a musical family, Fin had their hands on instruments before they could speak. As a five-year-old with the propensity for making messes and breaking toys, they found their love for guitar under the mentorship of famed punk rocker, Mary Timony. The spirit of rock runs through their playing to this day. At eight years old, they felt called toward the classical music realm and began their work with Magdalena Duhagon, who quickly became family to them and showed Fin the vital and encouraging relationship a mentor can offer to a mentee. With Duhagon’s help, Fin connected with Julian Gray, Chair of the Guitar Department at Peabody Conservatory, and began their studies with him. From the start in their lessons, he demonstrated to Fin that learning is a pursuit one can choose for a lifetime and that teaching is learning. At sixteen, Fin graduated high school a year early to attend Peabody as a full-time student in Gray’s studio.
In their competition career, Infinity has won Grand Prize in the Beatty Competition for Classical Guitar, second place in the guitar competition at Le Domaine Forget, and first in the Eastern Music Festival guitar competition. Most recently, they are an alumni of prominent New Music festival and professional development intensive Fresh inc. festival.
In addition to their performing career, they were recognized as a 2017 YoungArts Foundation winner, having been selected as one of seven hundred winners through a rigorous audition process which received about eight thousand applications from young American artists of all disciplines. Through this program, they had the opportunity to attend the YoungArts New York weeklong intensive, where they had the privilege to work with well-respected musicians such as David Eggar, Christian Hebel, Lance Horne, Elizabeth Roe, Julian Wachner, and members of the ETHEL String Quartet.
Current projects include collaborating with beloved Baltimore singer/songwriter, Christen B. Taylor on her new album, entitled “I am Here,” set to come out within the next year. They are also a member of Balagan Duo with violinist Audrey Maxner, where they focus on a wide variety of artistic creation, including multimedia collaborations with animators, dancers, painters, poets, and composers.
Infinity has participated in Master Classes with highly regarded musicians from around the world, including Olivier Chassain, John Feeley, Martha Masters, Ronald Pearl, Kim Perlak, Pepe Romero, David Russell, Kami Rowan, and Jason Vieaux. They are currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Guitar Performance and Guitar Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and remain in Julian Gray’s studio today.
Infinity plays a 2012 Michael O’Leary guitar named Fergus, a 2019 Godin guitar named Jacques, and an unnamed black ukulele.