William grew up in the small town of Yeppoon on the Central Queensland coast. At age 10 he began learning the trumpet, but his interest shifted once he heard the French horn for the first time at a regional music camp in 2009. He switched to the horn at age 15 and hasn't looked back since!
After years of travelling to Brisbane for lessons, his love for the horn drove him to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the tutelage of Peter Luff, Ysolt Clark and Malcolm Stewart. William is currently in his third year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) training under Ben Jacks, Saul Lewis and Andrew Bain.
Since commencing his studies, William has performed with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Victorian Opera, Orchestra Wellington, Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra, appeared as soloist with the Queensland Philharmonia Orchestra, held positions with the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) and the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI), and was Principal Horn of the Queensland Youth Symphony (QYS) in 2016 and 2017.
William’s performance highlights include Side by Side projects with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and ACO Collective, competing at the International Horn Symposium in Los Angeles, and two international tours of China and Germany with both the AYO and QYS. Outside the South Melbourne Town Hall you can catch him with a good coffee, patting dogs, or escaping the city on a hiking trail.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Ann Grant, Ian Hogarth and Peter Larsen, Marie Rowland, Monty Stephens, Robert Gibbs and Tony Wildman
Photo by Pia Johnson