William Kaufman

Percussion

Hometown: New Milford, CT

Alma maters: Mannes College of Music, B.M.; Cleveland State University, M.M.

Photos by Matt Dine

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Appearances: Grafenegg Music Festival, Austria, 2018; Castleton Music Festival, Virginia, 2015; Texas Music Festival, Houston, 2013; Orford Arts Centre, Quebec, Canada, 2011

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? Performing Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with The Orchestra Now!

Do you have any embarrassing performance stories? Playing my heart out with the glockenspiel part to Paganini’s La Campanella at the front of the stage and watching patrons in the front row plug their ears.

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Make more time to collaborate with your songwriting friends.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: Bill Evans

If you could play another instrument, what would it be? Guitar or Piano

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Practice, practice, practice—but don’t forget to go outside when the weather is nice!