William Short was recently appointed Principal Bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He previously served in the same capacity with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Houston Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, William has toured around the United States with Curtis on Tour and has traveled to Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua with the Philadelphia-based wind quintet Liberty Winds. Additionally, he has performed chamber music with principal players from the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Vienna Philharmonic, as well as with musicians such as Joseph Silverstein and Ida Kavafian. William’s performances have been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today” and on WHYY’s “Onstage at Curtis.”
William has performed at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Pacific Music Festival, and Verbier Festival. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Daniel Matsukawa and Bernard Garfield, and his Master of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Kamins. Additional major teachers have included William Lewis and Kristin Wolfe Jensen.