ISB member William McGregor has won the gold medal against all string instruments in the annual Stulberg Competition held in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Hear him play Bach Cello Sonata no. 2, Double Bass, Prelude, Courante, Sarabande
William McGregor, age 17, began double bass studies at age two, with Derek Weller in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was accepted into The Juilliard School Pre-College in 2009, where he began his studies with Albert Laszlo. In 2007-08, William received Honorable Mention in the Strings International Music Festival Concerto Competition in Philadelphia. He was the youngest person ever to compete in the International Society of Bassists’ concerto competition in 2009, receiving an honorable mention in the 14-and-under category. Since 2010, William has been a member of the World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra in New York City. He became a Fellowship scholarship student at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2011, where he was the youngest full-time student at the Festival. He returned to Aspen in summer 2012. William won the Juilliard Pre-College Open Concerto Competition in 2012, and performed with the Juilliard Pre-College Symphony. He also won this award in 2016. Additionally, William won the grand prize at the Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competition in 2012, performing his solo concerto with Ensemble 212 at The Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. In 2013, William was the First Prize Winner in the Salome Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Competition in New York City. He also received the “Most Promising Young Artist” award with Salome, performing as a soloist with them at Carnegie Hall in 2014. He was invited to solo with the Allentown Symphony in 2015. William has performed in master classes with Edgar Meyer, Harold Robinson, John Kendall and many others.
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