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William Birkbeck


Having completed his Masters degree with a double major in orchestral conducting and Clarinet Performance, William has since gone on to pursue both avenues professionally, with a focus primarily on conducting, where his true passion lies. He received 3rd prize at the 2023 Vienna International Conducting Competition, as well as the award for contemporary creation from the same competition, for the world premiere of Rainer Bischoff’s Fünf Orchesterminiaturen. He is a recipient of the Maurice Peress Award for Young Conductors in New York, and Giorgio Cini Foundation Fellowship for 20th-century performance in Venice.


He is currently serving as Head Conductor of the Holborn Community Orchestra, having previously been Assistant Conductor to Thomas Carroll at Orpheus Sinfonia. During that period was also selected to participate in masterclasses with among others Jorma Panula, Marco Angius, and Martin Sieghart.


William has recently worked with orchestras including the Haydn Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein, the Cameristi della Scala Milano, the Târgu Mureş Philharmonic, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Reading Symphony Orchestra, I Maestri London, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic, and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. During the upcoming season he is looking forward to debut performances with the London Repertoire Orchestra, Oltenia Philharmonic, and the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestras.

Photo credit: Christopher Ison Photography

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