who attended the Boston University School for the Arts and Tanglewood Music Center and studied with Pasquale Cardillo, Jules Serpentini,
Richard Waller, and Harold Wright.
In 1992, he
joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra and became principal clarinet in
1994. In 1995, he made his BSO
solo debut in a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Clarinet
with whom he has worked include the Atlanta Opera, the Boston Symphony
Chamber Players, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Discovery Ensemble,
the Mito Chamber Orchestra, the Nashua Symphony, Orquesta
Sinfonica Municipal, the Saito Kinen Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.
March 2002, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players performed Francis Poulenc’s
“Sextuor” at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
his wife Catherine played “Concerto for Two Clarinets” by Carl Stamitz in a Valentine’s Day concert on 14th
December 2004, the BSO offered up Hector Berlioz’s dramatic symphony,
Romeo et Juliette.
The BSO appeared
at Verizon Hall on 10th March 2006 in a program that comprised
Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92”,
Elliott Carter’s “Three Illusions”, Peter Lieberson’s “Neruda Songs for Mezzo-Soprano
and Orchestra”, and Richard Strauss’s “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28”.
In April 2009,
they coupled Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto” with Gustav
Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4”.
one of five BSO members who performed Mozart’s “Clarinet
Quintet” at Senator Edward Kennedy’s funeral on 29th
In June 2010,
he participated in the Rockport Chamber Music Festival at Shalin Liu Performance
Center. He also took part in the Concert for
the Cure in December 2010.
April 2011, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players took the stage at Jordan
Hall for Johannes Brahms’ “Trio in E flat, Op. 40”, Gyorgy Kurtag’s “Bagatelles,
Op. 14d” and “Hommage a Robert
Schumann, Op. 15d”, and Franz Schubert’s “Quintet, D. 667”
reprised Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto” with the BSO and
conductor Johannes Debus on 6th April 2011. The concert was rounded out by Franz
Joseph Haydn’s “Symphony No. 97” and Mozart’s “Symphony
October 2011, the BSO were back at Jordan Hall for Antonin
Dvorak’s “Quintet in G”, Leos Janacek’s “Mladi”, and Bohuslav Martinu’s “Sextet for Piano and Winds”.
William was a
guest soloist of the Discovery Ensemble on 6th November 2011 in
Sanders Theatre at Harvard
University. Their program consisted of Julian
Anderson’s “Khorovod”, Aaron
Copland’s “Clarinet Concerto”, Haydn’s “Symphony
No. 90”, and Maurice Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite”.
January 2012, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players serenaded their audience
with Beethoven’s “Serenade in D, Op. 25”, Brahms’ “Serenade
No. 1” (arranged by Jorge Rotter), and
Mozart’s “Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K. 388”.
The BSO shone
the spotlight on several of their soloists, including William, in a 2012
concert that included Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Concerto for
Three Violins”, Bela Bartok’s “Sonata
for Two Pianos and Percussion” (concerto version), Max Bruch’s “Kol Nidre”, and Frank
Martin’s “Concerto for Seven Winds”.
also appeared on a handful of recordings with the Boston Symphony Chamber
Players: Hindemith: Quartet for
Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano/Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57;
Mozart: Chamber Music for Winds and Strings;
Plain Song, Fantastic Dances; and,
Profanes et Sacrees: 20th-Century French