Copyright © 2013 Leroy Schulz

Making Music With Bill
Featuring William Eddins
Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Pianist, Pinball Enthusiast
November 15, 2013
Francis Winspear Centre for Music
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

William Eddins is Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and recently completed a five year stint as Principal Guest conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, Ireland. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he currently resides in Minneapolis with his lovely wife Jen, a clarinetist, and their two boys Raef (AKA Raefster; Munchers) and Riley (AKA Squeaky; The Imp; Dr. No)

Bill has been playing piano since he was five. He started conducting during his sophomore year at the Eastman School of Music, and most of the ’80s were spent trying to decide whether to pursue a career in conducting or piano. The quandary was answered for him when he realized that the life of a poor, starving pianist was for the birds. In 1989 Bill decided to study conducting with Dan Lewis at the University of Southern California, and from there he managed to land assistant conductor posts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra in 1992.

He is committed to bringing classical music to the greater public. He runs a podcast entitled Classical Connections, through which he explores the history of classical music and highlights live chamber performances he’s taken part in. He has also produced a solo piano album — Bad Boys, Volume I –- which features works such as Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata and Albright’s “Nightmare Fantasy Rag.”

For his personal website visit

Bill has been playing piano since he was five when his parents bought a Wurlitzer Grand piano at a garage sale.
He studied with David Effron at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He completed his degree in piano performance in 1983 at age 18, one of the youngest graduates in the institution’s history.
He has many non-musical hobbies, and enjoys cooking, eating, discussing food, and planning dinner parties. He also loves biking, tennis, reading, and pinball.
For this photo, Bill took me to the empty concert hall at the Winspear Centre and launched into a minutes-long performance on the pipe organ. He referred to playing the organ as his “hobby”.
The organ, known as the Davis Concert Organ, features 96 stops, 122 ranks, and 6,551 pipes.

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