Music of the Baroque principal bassoon William Buchman has been assistant principal bassoon with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1992, and has served as acting principal for all CSO overseas tours since 2007. He made his solo debut with the CSO in February 2002, and was a soloist at the 1998 Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He has performed and toured with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Pro Musica, and the Chicago Symphony Winds, and played chamber music with pianists Daniel Barenboim and Christoph Eschenbach. Appearances at music festivals include the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival in Maryland, the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming, and the St. Bart’s Music Festival. He last appeared as soloist with Music of the Baroque in January 2011.
A native of Canton, Ohio, William Buchman earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from Brown University in 1987. With the support of a DAAD Fellowship, he continued his physics studies the following year at the Universität Fridericiana Karlsruhe in Germany. Upon returning to the United States, he studied bassoon performance at Yale University with Arthur Weisberg and at the University of Southern California with Norman Herzberg.
Formerly on the faculty of the Meadows School at Southern Methodist University, William Buchman has taught at the DePaul University School of Music since 1997. He also coaches the bassoon section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has presented master classes in Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Indiana, Brazil, China, and Canada.