William Chiquito was born in a slum of Medellín in Colombia. Had not it been for the music, he could have fallen prey to a tragic fate as many of his childhood friends. Instead, at the age of 11, William joined the Red de Escuelas de Musica of Medellín and soon stood out as one of the most promising Colombian talents of his generation.
At the age of 14 he entered the University of Antioquia in the violin class of Professor Poliana Vassileva and played several times as a soloist with the university orchestra; at the same time he was the konzertmeister of the Orquesta Infantil y Juvenil de Medellìn.
In 2005 he won the national competition “Jovenes Solistas” and plays as a soloist with the Orquesta Filarmonica del Valle.
In 2006 he won a scholarship given by the Colombian Master Painter and Sculptor Fernando Botero and moved to Italy to study at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole with Pavel Vernikov and Oleksandr Semchuk.
In 2008 he became violin teacher at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.
William graduated with honors from the Ferrara Conservatory “G. Frescobaldi “in agreement with the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole.
He played as solist with the “Orchestra della Toscana”, orchestra of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the Gams orchestra, the Vincenzo Galilei orchestra, the Camerata Fiesolana, the orchestra of the Ferrara Conservatory, the ensemble of Archi di Firenze, Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra, with the FJC (Filarmonica Joven de Colombia) with Maestro Andres Orozco-Estrada.
He perfected himself by participating in masterclasses with the Masters: Salvatore Accardo, Massimo Quarta, B.Canino, G.Kurtag, M.Martin, H.Beyerle, M.Skampa, C.C.Schuster.
Since 2014 he has been the first violin of the Henao Quartet. Since its founding, The Henao Quartet has been working with Günter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena and, since 2018, at Escuela Superior Reina Sofia in Madrid. Currently the Henao Quartet has an international concert activity in Spain, France, Italy and China performing in some of the more prestigious seasons such as Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Sagra Musicale Umbra, Alessandro Scarlatti of Naples, “I concerti del Quirinale”. In 2019 he was given the Quartet Residences Association the prize for Quartet of the Year 2019. In addition, in 2020 he made his debut as a solo quartet with the piece for quartet and symphonic orchestra by the famous American composer John Adams “Absolute Jest” with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin and the Toscanini orchestra of Parma.