William Coble, composer
William Coble

William Coble:


Composer William Coble was born in Syracuse, New York. Premieres include performances with the Richmond Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra (Philadelphia), Composers Conference Chamber Orchestra (Wellesley, Ma.), Contempo Chamber Orchestra (Chicago), the New York New Music Ensemble, eighth blackbird, Alea III, and the Pacifica String Quartet. He has been performed by soloists David Tanenbaum, Matt Albert, Scott St. John, Charles Mokotoff, Susan Synnestvedt, William Hite, Richard Coen, Jay Morrissey, Leslie Waddell, Sharon Garvey-Cohen, Lisa Kaplan and Joe Guastafeste, among others. Conductors performing his music include Mark R. Smith, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, JoAnn Falletta, Louis Biava, Randall Fleischer, and Theodore Antoniou.

William's commissions and performances include musicians from all of the top 6 major orchestras in the country, including principal players from the Chicago Symphony and Boston Symphony. His chamber-music works have been heard at such venues as Merkin Hall, Weill Hall, CAMI Hall, Harvard Group for New Music, Harvard Musical Association, the Chicago Symphony's Chamber Music Series, Northwestern University's Music Marathon, Society for New Music, Boston University’s Omnibus Series, Cincinnati's Music 04 Festival, Tanglewood, Florida State University Festival, MGMC-Conference (Madison, WI), and various other festivals and conferences nationwide.

He has received honors from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, The Rockefeller Foundation, Columbia University's Bearns Prize (orchestral music), the Davenport Prize ('90 and '02), a BMI Prize, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards honor (orchestral music-top ten), and he is published by G. Schirmer/Associated Music publishers.

His training was at Boston University, with graduate work at The Curtis Institute of Music, Roosevelt's Chicago College of the Performing Arts, The University of Chicago and Harvard University. His principal teachers include Ned Rorem, David DelTredici, Mario Davidovsky, Gunther Schuller, Steve Albert, Marta Ptasyznska, Shulamit Ran, John Eaton, Robert Sirota, Kotoka Suzuki, and Howard Sandroff. His additional teachers, from his numerous extended-workshops (i.e. Tanglewood, Norfolk, Atlantic Center for the Arts), include John Harbison, Jacob Druckman, Chen Yi and George Perle.

William is a frequent performer, appearing as a recital pianist, church organist, conductor, and has a MM in trumpet. He performed three years as section trumpet with the Syracuse Symphony and, locally his Chicago gigs include Orchestral Hall appearances with the Apollo Chorus as section trumpet along with an orchestra of predominantly Chicago Symphony members. He has performed in the regional premieres of many composers, including: Del Tredici (Boston's Symphony Hall), Earl George (Syracuse Opera), Donald Erb, Adward Applebaum, Marilyn Schrude, William Kraft and Claude Baker (Kennedy Center), and Vincent Persichetti and Stephen Douglas Burton (Carnegie Hall).