Concertmaster, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra
William Preucil has been concertmaster of the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra since its first performance in 1989. He also serves as Artistic Advisor to the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra. Since 1995, he has been Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, appearing regularly with the Orchestra in concerto performances. Prior to joining The Cleveland Orchestra, he served as first violinist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet. Previously, he was Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony.
From 1982 to 1989, William Preucil served as concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, after previously holding the same position with the orchestras of Utah and Nashville. During his tenure in Atlanta, he appeared with the Atlanta Symphony as soloist in 70 performances of 15 different concertos. Composer Stephen Paulus’s Violin Concerto was written for, and dedicated to, Mr. Preucil, who premiered it and then recorded it for New World Records with the Atlanta Symphony and conductor Robert Shaw. Mr. Preucil also has made solo appearances with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Hong Kong, Minnesota, Rochester, and Taipei.
Mr. Preucil regularly performs chamber music, as a guest soloist with other orchestras, and at summer music festivals. His North American festival performances have included Santa Fe, Sarasota, Seattle, and Sitka, with international appearances in France, Germany, and Switzerland. Mr. Preucil also continues to perform as a member of the Lanier Trio, whose recording of the complete Dvořák piano trios was honored as one of Time magazine’s top 10 compact discs for 1993. The Lanier Trio also has recorded the trios of Mendelssohn and Paulus for Gasparo Records.
Actively involved as an educator, Mr. Preucil serves as Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at Furman University. He previously taught at the Eastman School of Music and at the University of Georgia. William Preucil began studying violin at the age of five with his mother, Doris Preucil, a pioneer in Suzuki violin instruction in the United States. At 16, he graduated with honors from the Interlochen Arts Academy and entered Indiana University to study with Josef Gingold (former concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra). He was awarded a performer’s certificate at Indiana University and also studied with Zino Francescatti and György Sebök.