William Conway

William Conway

William Conway

William Conway is an internationally renowned conductor and cellist


William Conway was born in Glasgow and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the Royal College of Music and later with Ralph Kirshbaum.

As principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, he has performed throughout the world with conductors such as Guilini, Karajan, Solti, Maazel, Haitink, Harnoncourt and Boulez. Appearances as soloist with the orchestra include radio and television performances with Claudio Abbado.

For ten years William was also principal cellist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, performing regularly as soloist and director. Together, they gave the first performances of cello concertos by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Haflidi Hallgrimsson.

In 1994 William was a prizewinner at the Leeds Conductors Competition and has since appeared as conductor throughout Britain, mainland Europe, America, Philippines, Japan and Australia. He will be music director of Haddo House Opera starting this year.

As co-founder and Artistic Director of the Scottish based Hebrides Ensemble (they have released a CD of the music of Bevan-Baker), William continues his strong commitment to performing contemporary music. In 1996 he received an award from the Scottish Society of Composers for his outstanding contribution to new music. The Hebrides Ensemble received high critical acclaim for their outstanding performance of the music of Elliott Carter at the Edinburgh International Festival.  

He plays on a cello from 1695 by Giovanni Tononi of Bologna.