William Eddins

Music Director Emeritus


At the conclusion of the 2016/17 season – his twelfth as Music Director - William Eddins was named Music Director Emeritus of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Under his guidance, the orchestra reflected his tremendous passion and enthusiasm, as well as his diverse musical curiosity – while establishing a major profile in the Edmonton cultural community. He continues to lend his visionary insight to both the orchestra and the Winspear Centre.

His ESO tenure sparkled with memorable performances, from Mozart concertos he led from the piano to daring performances of Stravinsky (Petrushka, The Rite of Spring), Bartók (The Miraculous Mandarin), and Messiaen (L’Oiseaux exotiques). He conducted the ESO at its triumphant debut at Carnegie Hall in 2012, and oversaw tremendous artistic growth in the orchestra itself. His time here has seen him conduct concerts in every subscription series in addition to galas and special performances. Bill lives in Minneapolis with his wife Jen, a clarinetist, and their two sons Raef and Riley. He continues to be a passionate chamber musician as well as a guest conductor. Their home now boasts a state-of-the-art recording studio, built by Mr. Eddins himself. Bill caught the conducting bug while a piano student at the Eastman School of Music. In 1989, he began conducting studies at the University of Southern California with Daniel Lewis, followed by assistant conductorships at both the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony (the later under Daniel Barenboim). For more, visit WilliamEddins.com.

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