COUNTRY United States
Bill Cahn has been a member of the NEXUS percussion group since 1971, and was principal percussionist in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995.
Born in Philadelphia in 1946, Bill has performed with many conductors, composers, ensembles, and artists representing diverse musical styles, including Chet Atkins, John Cage, Aaron Copland, Chuck Mangione, Mitch Miller, Seiji Ozawa, Steve Reich, Doc Severensen, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, and Paul Winter.
He has conducted programs with symphony orchestras, and his compositions for solo percussion, percussion ensemble and percussion with orchestra/band are widely performed. His fourth book, "Creative Music Making," on freeform improvisation was published by Routledge Books in 2005.
Bill has been a faculty artist in residence at the Showa College of the Arts in Atsugi, Japan, the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Eastman School of Music.
Bill has received the Rochester Philharmonic League's FANFARE AWARD (1988) for a "significant contribution to music education in Rochester," Mu Phi Epsilon's MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD (1993), and with NEXUS, the TORONTO ARTS AWARD in music (1989), the BANFF CENTRE FOR THE ARTS NATIONAL AWARD (1997), and induction into the Percussive Arts Society's HALL OF FAME (1999).
In 2006 Bill received a Grammy Award as part of the Paul Winter Consort on the DVD titled, "2004 Solstice Concert".