A personal bio
William Eddins is a husband, father, and entrepreneur who lives in Minneapolis, MN. He has been married to Jennifer Gerth, Principal Clarinet of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, for twenty years, and they have raised two young men who are musicians and athletes.
Bill has been actively playing piano for fifty years and continues to perform solo recitals, chamber music, and piano concerti throughout the world. In solo recitals he champions the music of Enrique Granados, and in chamber music world specializes in the works of Johannes Brahms. He and Jennifer regularly play chamber music together at the Alexandria Festival of the Lakes in Alexandria, MN. With orchestras Bill particularly enjoys the challenge of playing and conducting the concertos of Mozart, Beethoven, and Ravel, and the original jazz band version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Bill has an eclectic conducting career that includes traditional symphonic performances, accompanying silent film, and working with such diverse artists as Reneé Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, Stewart Copeland, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie, and has been on the staff of the Minnesota Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphonie of Ireland, and Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.
Bill has an active and liberal life outside the music world. He is a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner who specializes in helping performing artists and athletes, an umpire for the United States Tennis Association, and is in an apprenticeship to become a concert piano technician. His many hobbies include road cycling, cooking, home brewing, and learning. Bill is writing a fictional book set in modern day Venice, Italy, which he hopes to publish in 2021.