Grammy Award winner - Paul Winter Consort Member of the NEXUS percussion group since 1971 Bill Cahn has been a member of the NEXUS percussion group since 1971 performing with orchestras and in solo concerts worldwide. He has served as an Associate Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music and a visiting artist in residence at the...

Grammy Award winner - Paul Winter Consort Member of the NEXUS percussion group since 1971

Bill Cahn has been a member of the NEXUS percussion group since 1971 performing with orchestras and in solo concerts worldwide. He has served as an Associate Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music and a visiting artist in residence at the Showa Academy of Music in Kawasaki, Japan. Bill was the principal percussionist in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995. He served 8 years on the RPO Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He is a life member of the RPO Honorary Board of Directors.

Born in Philadelphia in 1946, Bill has performed with conductors, composers, ensembles, and artists representing diverse musical styles, including Chet Atkins, John Cage, Carlos Chavez, Aaron Copland, Sir Andrew Davis, Chuck Mangione, Mitch Miller, Seiji Ozawa, Steve Reich, Doc Severensen, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Edgar Varese, Paul Winter and David Zinman.

As a member of NEXUS, Bill has performed as soloist with renowned orchestras worldwide, including The New York Philharmonic, The Boston Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The B.B.C. Symphony, the Orchestre National de Lyon, The New Japan Philharmonic, and many more.

He has conducted family and pops programs with symphony orchestras, and his compositions for solo percussion, percussion ensemble, and percussion with orchestra/band are widely performed. His fourth book, "Creative Music Making," on freeform improvisation was published by Routledge Books in 2005.

Bill has received the Rochester Philharmonic League's FANFARE AWARD (1988) for a "significant contribution to music education in Rochester," Mu Phi Epsilon's MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD (1993), and with NEXUS, the TORONTO ARTS AWARD in music (1989), the BANFF CENTRE FOR THE ARTS NATIONAL AWARD (1997), and induction into the Percussive Arts Society's HALL OF FAME (1999).

In 2006 Bill received a Grammy Award as part of the Paul Winter Consort on the DVD titled, "2004 Solstice Concert".

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