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            Prof. Werner Thärichen †
            Renchang Fu
            Orhan Salliel
            José Maria Florêncio jr.
            William-Michael Costello
            Li Xincao
            Daniel Inbal
            Yalchin Adigezalov
            Chen Xieyang
            Li Yang
            Lior Shambadal
            Nicoletta Conti
            Claude Villaret
            Fan Tao
            Olivier Tardy
        chamber music
    Winteracademy Kröchendorff Castle
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Stand: Sonntag, der 20.06.2010

The Concert Office Richter presents:

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William-Michael Costello

William-Michael Costello was raised in Lincoln and Burlington, two little towns located in the US state Massachusetts. His musical studies began in the mid sixties at the New England Conservatory of Music. He took classes with Professor Albert Y. Bernard in solfège, score reading and musical theory. As a violin student he was coached by Leonard G. Moss and Max G. Winder, both members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During his studies he played with the first violins at the Boston youth orchestra G.B.Y.S.O. For his bachelor of music in violin playing and orchestra conducting he moved on to the Boston University School for the Arts. He was both founder and musical director of the Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra at the Boston University, participated in master classes with Roman Totenberg and later on was coached by Kato Havas (Oxford, UK). As a violin student he played with various orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Ballet Orchestra.

1969 he won the conducting competition at the International Festival of Youth Orchestras in St. Moritz (Switzerland). For this he was later honoured by Francis Sergeant, the Governor of Massachusetts, and received a scholarship to study with Walter Susskind and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. During this time he joined the American Institute of Orchestral Conducting under the leadership of Walter Susskind, Leonard Slatkin and Louis Lane. He appeared with both the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Webster Groves Symphony Orchestra. Yet another conducting scholarship was given to him for the Tanglewood Berkshire Music Center, where he was taught by Leonard Bernstein, Bruno Maderna, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Seiji Ozawa.

1972 he conducted the world´s premiere of Ira Taxin´s Chamberwork in Two Parts as part of the Fromm week at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Appearances at the Boston Esplanade followed as well as with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra of Boston University.

In the mid seventies he moved to Berlin, Germany. As a violinist he worked with several orchestras and chamber music ensembles such as the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra, the Berlin Baroque Orchestra, the orchestra of the Theater des Westens, the Haydn Orchestra and the studio orchestras of the radio stations SFB and RIAS.

Since the beginning of the nineties William-Michael Costello has had guest-conducting appearances in Europe. In Poland his main engagements were with the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra in Bydgoszcz, the Philharmonic Orchestra Arthur Rubinstein, the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra Opole. His conducting credits in Spain include the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfinikoa and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia. His profound orchestral experience as a violinist was of major significance for the success with those numerous ensembles. At the end of last century he met Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, chief conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, German Opera Berlin and the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, who has since become his artistic mentor. Further appearances followed in Madrid, Bilbao, Malaga, Valencia, Warsaw and Scandinavia, more are planned for the coming seasons.

He is the brother of the ArtistPainter Michael Costello in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a member of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation for International Relations.