WILLIAM NOLL – CONDUCTOR & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Conductor/Pianist William Noll is currently Artistic Director in Naples, Florida, for Classic Chamber Concerts, the Fifth Avenue Chamber Orchestra, ArtsNaples World Festival (now StayInMay), and guest conductor for Opera Naples. He also continues his association with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, as well as guest conducting in the United States and abroad.
Maestro Noll gave the inaugural command performance for Prince Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, on their new Steinway at their royal residence in Bagshot Park. Among the honored guests were the Trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh Foundation.
He is a performance veteran of the major concert halls of the United States, Europe, and China. From Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York to festivals and tours in Italy, Belgium, Central America, the USA, and China. Maestro Noll has established excellence in performance standards for some four decades.
Maestro Noll has held positions with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, theAtlanta Opera, the Choral Guild of Atlanta, Providence Opera Theatre, Miami International Piano Festival; and summer festivals in Graz, Aspen, Spoleto, Lecce, Costa Rica, and Brevard. He filled in at the last moment for Maestro Jens Nygaard in New York City for three sold-out performances with the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra performing works of Haydn, Villa-Lobos and Glazunov.
William Noll has also conducted for New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, New Mexico Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Odessa Philharmonic, Brevard Festival Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Naples Philharmonic, Costa Rica National Orchestra, and the Sandy Springs Chamber Orchestra, among others.
For the 2013-2014 season his conducting highlights include the US premier of Dick Hyman’s Ragtime Concerto for Clarinet, a production of Verdi’s Nabucco, and appearing as piano soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. He has also been extended an invitation to Russia in the summer of 2014 as a jurist and conductor for an international piano competition.
After a decade of only performing jazz piano, he re-established his classical piano career by appearing in New York City, as guest soloist, with the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jens Nygaard in performances of the virtuoso Concerto #2 by Xaver Scharwenka. He appeared as soloist with the Dekalb Symphony in Atlanta with performances of the Piano Concerto by Aaron Copland in honor of the composer’s 100th birthday celebration. He was recently invited to perform with Steven Byess and the Tupelo Symphony in performances of Michael Dougherty’s Le Tombeau de Liberace. As a conductor/pianist Maestro Noll has collaborated with Pablo Casals, James Levine, Robert Shaw, Zubin Mehta, Julius Rudel, Milton Katims, John Nelson, Eve Queler, Jorge Mester, Christian Badea, and Donald Vorhees, among many others.
His catalog of commercial recordings includes choral, symphonic and jazz repertoire on labels such as Newport Classic, Intersound, Pro-Jazz, Time-Life, and Sony. William Noll also has many TV and radio appearances to his credit: Choral concerts, jazz orchestra and specials for PBS, CBS, NPR, and over six years of hosting “Fanfare,” a feature in an Atlanta weekly radio program. In addition to his performance activities, William Noll has served as Music Director for Ritz-Carlton Hotels for three decades.
He has also served on panels for The National Endowment for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council, Bronx Arts Panel, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Georgia Council for the Arts, and the Classical Nomination Committee for the Grammy Awards. Maestro Noll was recently honored with the “Stars in the Arts” award, given by the United Arts Council of Collier County for his musical and humanitarian efforts on behalf of numerous charitable organizations in the region.
As a resident of Naples, Florida and New York City, he continues to assist the careers of classical, popular and jazz musicians through the offices of Mayfair Artists Representatives, a full-service music consultancy, for which he is the Executive Director.
Maestro Noll has also written for the editorial and arts pages for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Naples Daily News.