William Kaufman

Percussion

Hometown: New Milford, CT
Alma maters: Mannes College of Music (B.M.); Cleveland State University (M.M.)
Appearances: New World Symphony (sub), Miami, 2017; Nu Deco Ensemble (sub), Miami, 2017; South Florida Symphony (sub), 2015–17; Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (sub), Fort Myers, Florida, 2015; Toledo Symphony Orchestra (sub), Ohio, 2014–15; Castleton Music Festival, Virginia, 2015; Texas Music Festival, Houston, 2013; Orford Arts Centre, Quebec, Canada, 2011
Musical Origins: When I was very young, I enjoyed visiting music stores so I could play with the percussion instruments. At 11, my mother suggested that I take lessons. We haven’t looked back since.
How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply? My teacher Matt Strauss told me about the The Orchestra Now. It was easy to see that TŌN is a great opportunity to collaborate with other young professional musicians!
Favorite piece to play: Mahler symphonies
Favorite obscure piece: 
Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Favorite composer fact: Mahler did a considerable amount of composing at a cottage in the Austrian countryside, a retreat that inspired some of his work.
Favorite musical memory: Playing Petrouchka (rev. 1947) with the Orford Arts Academy Orchestra under Kent Nagano
Favorite fact about your instrument: Percussionists can practice snare drum on any hard surface, even if it annoys everybody else in the house!
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: During loud passages, our instruments can actually be dangerously loud!
Musical guilty pleasure: Meshuggah
Best music/song/album to have on repeat: 
I can cycle through the Explosions in the Sky discography all day.
What recording would you take to a deserted island: Petrouchka (rev. 1947), Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Boulez
Favorite non-musical hobby or activity: Cooking, drawing, and nature walking
Favorite book: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Favorite painting: Night, Death and the Devil by Albrecht Dürer
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Criticism is nothing more than feedback. Stay proud and optimistic, and never take it personally!

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