Originally from Florida, Kayla began playing the violin at age four, then at age ten she discovered her true passion — the viola.
As a winner of the 2018 Lynn Concerto Competition, she made her concerto debut performing Bartok’s Viola Concerto. Williams has been the guest of music festivals across a range of music including the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Florida Folk Festival, and will perform at the upcoming Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival during Fall of 2022.
Williams has both live and recorded performances with Grammy Award winner Jon Batiste. Williams earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida and a Master of Music degree in Viola Performance from the Juilliard School in New York City. She is also the recipient of the 2021 Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship.
Kayla believes music should be accessible to students of all backgrounds. She aspires to create a foundation of her own that will provide access and funding needed to support music programs in underrepresented communities.