Musicians

William Purvis horn



Helicon Performances

Symposium 25 - HARMONIEMUSIK
Symposium 20 - Brahms
Symposium 1 - Handel & Beethoven

William Purvis pursues a multifaceted career both in the United States and abroad as French horn soloist, chamber musician and conductor. His numerous festival appearances include Norfolk, Tanglewood, Chamber Music Northwest, Mostly Mozart, Aston Magna, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Kuhmo, Båstad, Hong Kong and Kitakyushu. A champion of new music, Mr. Purvis has recently given premieres of horn concerti by Peter Lieberson and Bayan Northcott, a trio for violin, horn and piano by Poul Rudders, and as conductor of Speculum Music, the US premiere of Lumen by Elliott Carter. He has been a member of the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble since 1979, and is also a member of the New York Woodwind Quartet, Orpheus and Mozzafiato, an original instrument wind sextet, and is also a guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Purvis has collaborated with the Tokoyo, Orion, Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Fine Arts String Quartets, and has appeared as solo horn of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Nicholas Harncourt. His large number of recordings span an unusually broad range from original instrument performance to standard solo and chamber music repertoire to contemporary music works, and also include numerous recordings of contemporary music as a conductor. Mr. Purvis is a graduate of Haverford College with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and is a member of the faculties of the Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School and SUNY-Stony Brook.