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William Coleman has made many appearances as a chamber musician and soloist, and as the violist of the acclaimed Berlin-based Kuss Quartet. His concert schedule has included concerts at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals, as well as at the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, Theatre du Chatelet Paris, Washington Library of Congress and Carnegie Hall.
He has performed with some of the world’s finest musicians, including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Christian Tetzlaff, Yuri Bashmet, Miklos Perenyi, Kim Kashkashian, Boris Pergamenschikov and Leif Ove Andsnes as well as extensive experience working directly with contemporary composers such as Helmut Lachenmann and György Kurtag. William studied at the University “Mozarteum” in Salzburg with Thomas Riebl and Veronika Hagen, and at Boston's New England Conservatory with Kim Kashkashian. During this time he also received coaching from the Hungarian pianist Ferenc Rados.
In 2002, William joined the Kuss Quartet. Since then, the quartet has been a recipient of numerous prizes. They took on the role of cultural ambassador for the President of Germany, traveling with him on the much-discussed first visit to Israel.
He has been invited to give masterclasses worldwide, including at universities in Berlin, the Kronberg Academy and Universities in Berlin, Hamburg and Japan.
The Kuss Quartet has recorded numerous CDs for Sony/BMG and ECM. They have also been recorded worldwide for radio and television. Most recently the quartet broadcast for the BBC, live from the Frick Collection in New York.Highlights of the coming season include return invitations to the major concert venues in Salzburg, Madrid, Florence, Stuttgart, Cologne, London, New York, Washington, Zurich and Berlin.
Recent appearances include an evening of solo viola and chamber works performed with Alfred Brendel reading literature in the Berlin Philharmonie. In the autumn of 2012 the Kuss Quartet will record the Schubert Quintet with Miklos Perenyi. Since 2015 he is Professor for Viola at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
William Coleman plays on a Carlo Antonio Testore of 1736, that once belonged to the legendary violist Lionel Tertis. He is a Pirastro artist and plays exclusively Evah Pirazzi Gold strings.