William McColl (clarinetist)

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William McColl is an American clarinetist and professor of music.


His primary teachers have included Leopold Wlach at the Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (known from 1970 to 1998 as the Hochschule für Musik etc. and today as the Universität für Musik etc.) as well as Keith Stein, George Waln and Herbert Blayman.


He played clarinet with the U.S. Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and was a featured performer at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.[1] As a specialist in early clarinets and basset horns, he has done international tours, recordings and concert appearances with the Amadeus Winds, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, among others. He was professor of clarinet at the University of Washington from 1968 to 2006.

He is a founding member of the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet and of the New World Basset Horn Trio.[2] He has recorded solo and chamber works on Musical Heritage, and Crystal labels (with the Soni Ventorum), as well as on the Atlantic, Decca and Harmonia Mundi labels.

McColl has been heralded as a "superb clarinetist",[3] "graceful"[4] and "virtuosic and full of life" [5]


  1. ^ Smith, Sidney Bertram (2005). Classical Musicians Speak Out as a New Century Begins. Cambridgeshire, UK: Melrose Press Limited. p. 127. ISBN 1 905226 02 0.
  2. ^ "Lullabies, P.D.Q. Bach Good Listening". Seattle Times Company. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  3. ^ Rivers, Travis (September 14, 1982). "Schubert Sings On". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  4. ^ Bargreen, Melinda (June 5, 1990). "Ridge String Quartet Has Soothing Appeal". Seattle Times. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  5. ^ Bargreen, Melinda (May 24, 2001). "CD releases: Classical NW performers offer plenty of good choices". Seattle Times. Retrieved 6 May 2013.