William Rowson - Assistant Conductor
Canadian composer William Rowson has had his music featured at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre’s Summer Music Series, the Niagara on the Lake International Chamber Music Festival, the Brott Music Festival, and in Switzerland at the prestigious UBS Verbier Festival.
As a conductor William has worked with The Symphony Orchestra of The Curtis Institute of Music, The International Symphony Orchestra, The National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and The Scarborough Philharmonic among others. Orchestras that have recently programmed Mr. Rowson’s works include the McGill Chamber Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto’s Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra. William has also recently written two short operas for Toronto's Tapestry New Opera works. In 2003, Mr. Rowson participated in the first ever National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Young Composers Program. He is also a composition alumnus of the Aspen Music School.
As a violinist, William has played under some of the greatest conductors of our time, including Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and many others.
William is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music where his principal teacher was American composer Ned Rorem. He is currently completing his doctorate in composition with Gary Kulesha, at the University of Toronto.