Born in Woodstock, New Brunswick, William Harrison began on the bassoon at age 19, when he was accepted into the music program at McGill University, a student of Sidney Rosenberg, and graduated with Highest Distinction in 1973. His time in Montréal also saw him perform with, among others, the CBC Radio-TV Orchestra, McGill Chamber Orchestra, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Bolshoi Ballet and the Montréal Symphony.
Mr. Harrison began working on his Masters at Indiana University, moving to Boston to become a teaching assistant for Sherman Walt, principal bassoon of the Boston Symphony. William Harrison joined the ESO as principal bassoon in 1976, where he became an active member of the music community as a performer and educator. As well, he was a founding member of the Edmonton Concert Hall Foundation, which brought about the realization of the Francis Winspear Centre for Music.
William Harrison was recently appointed Vice President and Director of New Media Campus, a school specializing in the training of students in 3-D Animation, Visual Effects, Game Design and Multimedia. He has also appeared as a soloist and chamber player in performances which have been broadcast on CBC, and was guest Principal Bassoon with the L’Orequestra Philharmonica de la Cuidad de Mexico.