Born in Austin, Texas, WILLIAM HOBBS received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance, Research and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. His teachers have included Thomas Schumacher, Paul Parmelee, Doris Pridinoff Lehnert and Larry Graham for piano and Neil Varon, Brad Lubman and Allan MacMurray for conducting.
Mr. Hobbs works at many of the world’s major opera houses including the Opéra National de Paris, the Salzburg Festival, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Seattle Opera, Washington Opera and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo as repetiteur and conductor. His repertoire ranges from Handel to the European avant-garde, as well as works by Slavic composers and a number of premieres by American composers such as Lowell Liebermann and John Musto. He has assisted conductors Claudio Abbado, Sir Charles Mackerras, Jiří.
Bělohlávek, Sir Andrew Davis, James Conlon, Robert Spano, Richard Bonynge, Donald Runnicles, Jiři Kout, Marco Armiliato and many others. He has worked closely with singers Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Karita Mattila, Lauren Flanigan, Olga Borodina, Frederica von Stade, Sonia Ganassi, Roberto Alagna, Frank Lopardo, Paul Groves, Placido Domingo, Rod Gilfry, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sam Ramey and Kurt Moll.
Mr. Hobbs has served on the faculty of the Aspen Opera Theater Center of the Aspen Music Festival, and CoOperative at Westminster Choir College, and on the coaching staff of the Juilliard School of Music. He was invited twice by the National Theater of Tokyo as visiting Master Coach.
Mr. Hobbs is the founder and artistic director of Opera Slavica, which made its debut concert at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, summer 2009. Opera Slavica is devoted to presenting forgotten masterworks from Russian, Czech and Polish composers, and to providing singers with no background in these languages the knowledge and training to sing, read and translate them.