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William Blossom

The Ludmila S. and Carl B. Hess Chair

William Blossom

Bassist William Blossom joined the New York Philharmonic in 1975, having previously been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony. He performs with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles and other chamber music groups in the New York area. Since the summer of 1985, he has made regular guest appearances with the Arcady Music Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine. Mr. Blossom teaches privately and has coached the bass section of the All-City High School Orchestra and the Independent Schools Symphony Orchestra. Since 1995 he has been on the Board of Directors of the Rockland Conservatory of Music. An avid photographer, Mr. Blossom photographs musical instruments, art works, and scenes from various Orchestra tours, and he has contributed regularly to the Lincoln Center Family Art Show. In the last few years, Mr. Blossom has been making double bass bows, in addition to repairing double basses, a craft he learned from violin and bow maker, Lloyd Liu.

Bass Interviews

“I wasn’t seriously interested in music until fourth grade, when we were introduced to all the orchestral instruments. The bass appealed to me because of its size and shape; it seemed unusual.”

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