Pianist William Hobbs has appeared as recitalist, soloist with orchestras and collaborative pianist with ensembles and singers throughout Europe, Asia and America. As chamber musician, he has collaborated with many of today’s top performers, including James Galway, Ida Kavafian, Tara O’Connor, Suzanne Mentzer and many others. Recent appearances include such varied venues as the Music Festival of the Hamptons and the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe.
As pianist and conductor, Mr. Hobbs has worked at many of the world’s major opera houses, including the Opéra National de Paris, the Salzburg Festival, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington Opera and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Opera Slavica, an organization devoted to presenting productions of operatic masterworks from the Russian, Czech and Polish literature. In 2014, he conducted the US Russian-language premiere of Prokofiev’s first opera Maddelena in New York City.
Mr. Hobbs can be heard in recordings on the Albany, Naxos, Mulatta and Opera America labels. He has premiered works by many prominent American composers, including Lowell Liebermann, David T. Little, David Ott, James Lindsay and others.
Mr. Hobbs joined the Piano and Voice Faculty at Westminster Choir College in 2010 and the Faculty of the Juilliard School in 2014. He was recently given the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Colorado in Boulder in recognition of his substantial and varied accomplishments in the field of music. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance summa cum laude from there, followed by a Master of Music in Piano Performance, Research and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
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