Jerry Willard was born in Cleveland, Ohio and began studying the guitar with his father Jeff Willard who was a guitarist. The guitar pedagogue Sophocles Papas recognized his talent and invited Mr. Willard to study with him in Washington, D.C. Subsequently Mr. Willard studied with guitarists Richard Lurie and Alirio Diaz. Mr. Willard's performances on guitar and lute range from performances of 16th-century work from the original tabulature to his own transcriptions of music from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. He has appeared in Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City, and he has concertized extensively throughout Europe and The United States. Well known as an ensemble player, he has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, The New York Opera Company, The New York Consort of Viols, and The Long Island Baroque Ensemble. He has published many transcriptions for guitar including "The Complete Lute Music of J.S. Bach" available through Music Sales Corp. and "Ten Sonatas of D. Scarlatti" available through AIG Publications.