Bill Solomon is a Hartford, CT-based percussionist specializing in solo and chamber contemporary classical music performance, mentioned as "a stand out among unfailingly excellent performances" in the Boston Globe. Mr. Solomon performed the solo vibraphone part for Pierre Boulez's Répons in collaboration with the Lucerne Festival, IRCAM and Ensemble InterContemporain with Mr. Boulez as conductor in 2009. He is assistant project manager and percussionist of Ensemble Signal, having performed at Miller Theatre, June in Buffalo, Tanglewood, EMPAC, Eastman School of Music and (Le) Poisson Rouge. Signal's recordings of Helmut Lachenmann's Zwei Gefühle and Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians will be released in the near future. Upcoming performances include Répons in Portugal and France with the Remix Ensemble and Mr. Boulez, the Callithumpian Consort in Boston, and several solo vibraphone recitals across the US.
Recent projects have included compositions and performances with Hartford-based Full Force Dance Theater; a long-running collaboration with composer Matt Sargent, including performances throughout the east coast of his concert-length solo Ghost Music and a sound installation at Yale-Haskins Labs Gallery; and as co-curator of the Hartford New Music Festival at The Studio at Billing's Forge. He co-directs the Hartford Sound Alliance, an organization dedicated to the presentation and creation of new music in Hartford. Other performance and festival highlights include: Sebago-Long Lake Chamber Music Festival (ME), Tune In Festival (NYC), Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, BEAMS Electronic Music Marathon (MA), Percussive Arts Society International Conference (TX, IN), Bang on a Can Marathon, HOT!Fest NYC, Pixelerations (RI), Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Miami String Quartet, Brandeis New Music, Yale Repertory Theatre, Brattleboro Music Center (VT), EXILKABARETT (NYC), Luduvico Ensemble (MA) and Island Chamber Musicians (CT). Current and forthcoming recordings can be heard on Mode, EUROArts, Cantaloupe, Naxos, Capstone, Tzigane and Equilibrium labels, as well as Philip Glass's soundtrack to the documentary Project Rebirth. Bill currently teaches at The Loomis Chaffee School and is a doctoral candidate at The Hartt School where he studies with Benjamin Toth.