William Powell received the Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School and a master's degree from CalArts. In 1993-94 Powell lived in India on a Senior Research Grant from the J. William Fulbright Commission. Under the auspices of Brhaddhvani Research and Training Centre for Musics of the World, he presented concerts of American music throughout India, collaborated in cross-cultural performances with clarinetists A.K.C. Natarajan and Narasinhalu Wadavatti, and recorded for All India Radio with Indian pianist Handel Manuel. Powell has commissioned many new works for clarinet and has premiered over 200 compositions. He has performed at major concert venues throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia including Avery Fischer Concert Hall; Merkin and Carnegie Halls; Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at the United Nations in New York; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the North American New Music Festival as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic; and at the International Congresses on Women in Music in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Bremen. He has performed with the Aspen Festival and Chamber Orchestra, the contemporary music ensemble Sonor, the Sierra Wind Quintet, the Naumburg Award-winning Aulos Wind Quintet and, as principal clarinetist with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Las Vegas Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic. Powell has served on the faculties of UC and CSU in San Diego; CSU, Long Beach; and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has recorded for Cambria, CRI, Electra/Asylum and Nonesuch.
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