Bill Williams

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Bill Williams

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Bill Williams has served as principal trumpet and soloist with major orchestras internationally. Among his notable performances as principal trumpet include recordings of Mahler’s Symphonies 5, 7, and 9 with the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting. As SFS principal trumpet, he can be seen as well as heard in the PBS “Keeping Score” series. Additional performances include concerto and chamber music appearances with leading ensembles worldwide.

Bill devotes a significant portion of his career to coaching elite performing artists, improving their ability to perform at an optimal level in the extremely demanding live performance environment. He leads performance optimization workshops and masterclasses internationally. Appointments have included faculty/lecturer positions at institutions including the Juilliard School, the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music. He serves as Luria Artist-in-Residence at the Music Academy of the West for the 2015 season. He has presented masterclasses at many other institutions including the Rice University Shepherd School of Music, DePaul University and the Yong Siew Conservatory (Singapore.)

As Dean of Fellows at the New World Symphony, Bill expanded the NWS program to initiate interdisciplinary collaborative relationships with institutions including the Parsons School of Design and the MIT Media Lab. He also served as project lead for the NWS Virtual Library, a metadata-rich searchable video library showcasing expert musical insight.

As Artistic Coordinator for the YouTube Symphony (YTSO), he collaborated with a team including Google/YouTube partners, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and leading artists to create the world’s first orchestra sourced from online video auditions. Following the initial YTSO project at Carnegie Hall, a subsequent YouTube Symphony Summit was held at the Sydney Opera House. The final concert of YTSO Sydney was the largest streaming event in YouTube’s history, with over 30.7 million live streams and an additional 2.8 million mobile streams of the event.

He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music and is a recipient of the Master of Arts (Psychology) from the New School for Social Research.

  • Work
    • Soloist, Educator, Consultant
  • Education
    • Eastman School of Music, New School for Social Research