William Noll, Artistic Director
Conductor, classical and jazz pianist William Noll is a performance veteran of the major concert halls of the United States and Europe. From Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York to festivals and tours in Italy, Belgium, Austria and China, Mr. Noll embodies excellence in performance as evidenced by his leadership with major musical organizations: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Assistant Conductor to Maestro Robert Shaw and Resident Pianist), the Atlanta Opera (Founding Director), the Choral Guild of Atlanta (Artistic Director), Providence Opera Theatre (Artistic Director) as well as guest conductor with various summer festivals including Aspen (CO), Spoleto (SC) and Brevard (NC). Mr. Noll began his opera career in his early 20's and his jazz career at age 35. When asked about his musical duality of classical and jazz, he replies, "I have always done what was expected. I never think of separate 'hats' ... it's all music to me. I don't care to categorize it – It's all great music to be performed well."
An opera specialist, Noll has conducted for the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, as well as for Opera Naples (FL), Atlanta Opera, Providence Opera Theatre (RI) in such classic works as Rigoletto, La Traviata, Rienzi, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Pearl Fishers, Flying Dutchman, and Carmen.
As an orchestral interpreter, Noll has led the New Mexico Symphony, the Savannah Symphony (GA), and Opera Orchestra of New York's summer concerts. In the spring of 2000, Noll made his conducting debut in Beijing in a sold-out performance of an all-Tchaikovsky program. A last-minute replacement for Maestro Jens Nygaard, he led the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra (NY) in three sold-out performances of works by Haydn, Villa-Lobos and Glazunov. Noll led the AIMS Festival Orchestra (Austria) to critical acclaim in a program of French opera scenes. He continues his association as conductor with the esteemed Miami International Piano Festival and their rosters of exceptional international artists in a series of concert collaborations spanning from Asia to the United States.
As a classical pianist, Mr. Noll appeared as soloist with the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra (NY) under conductor Jens Nygaard in performances of the fiery and virtuosic Concerto No. 2, op. 56 by Polish composer Xaver Scharwenka. In honor of the composer's centennial anniversary, Noll appeared as soloist in Aaron Copland's Piano Concerto with the Dekalb Symphony (GA). He recently appeared as guest soloist with the Tupelo Orchestra (MS), in a heralded performance of Univ. of Michigan composer Michael Daugherty's innovative piano concerto "Le Tombeau de Liberace". Mr. Noll has collaborated with James Levine, Robert Shaw, Zubin Mehta, Julius Rudel, Milton Katims, John Nelson, Eve Queler, Jorge Mester, Christian Badea, and Donald Vorhees, among many others.
As a jazz pianist, Noll had the honor of an invitation by members of the Royal Family, HRH Prince Edward and Countess Sophie, to give the inaugural performance on their new Steinway at their Royal Residence. His catalog of commercial recordings of classical, symphonic and jazz repertoire continues to grow on Newport Classic, Intersound, Pro-Jazz, Time-Life, and Sony labels. Television and radio credits include classical concerts and jazz orchestra specials for PBS, live simulcast performances for national networks, and over six years of hosting "Fanfare," an Atlanta weekly radio feature. His most recent broadcast was an hour-long Christmas Day special for CBS.
This season, Mr. Noll also celebrates his twenty-five year tenure with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company as Executive Director of Entertainment.
With William Noll's vast experience in both the classical and jazz fields as a pianist and as conductor, he is especially thrilled to be the Artistic Director of Classic Chamber Concerts of Naples and to lead CCC’s Fifth Avenue Chamber Orchestra.
Board of Directors
Immediate Past Chairman
Andrea Clark Brown
Frank Klapperich, Jr.
Richard W. Klym
H. Alex Vance, Jr.
Lifetime Honorary Directors
Maestro William Noll,
P.O. Box 7854
Naples, FL 34101