Biography of Waterhouse William:
William Waterhouse is one of the world's leading bassoonists, and enjoys a varied career as player, teacher and scholar of his instrument. After playing successively with the Philharmonia, Covent Garden, Italian-Swiss Radio and London Symphony orchestras, he was for many years co-principal with the BBC Symphony. Whilst with them he toured Europe, Russia, USA, China, Japan and Australia, working under such legendary conductors as Toscanini, Furtwängler, Monteux, von Karajan and Boulez. As soloist he has made frequent solo appearances at home and abroad. The eminent composers Jean Françaix and Gordon Jacob have each dedicated a pair of works to him. He gave the first performance in London of Hummel's bassoon concerto. As member of the famous Melos Ensemble of London he has recorded the main chamber repertory. For thirty years he taught at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he is now Curator of the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. Appointments abroad have included guest professorships at Bloomington, Melbourne and Banff. He has served on the jury of the ARD Musikwettbewerb in Munich for the last four occasions in 1965, 1975, 1984 and 1990, as well as in Prague, Eindhoven, Markneukirchen, Potsdam and Victoria BC. As scholar of his instrument, he has contributed articles to the New Grove, published numerous editions and translations, and is editor of the UE Bassoon Edition. His important work of reference "The New Langwill Index: a Dictionary of Musical Wind-Instrument Makers & Inventors" was awarded the prestigious C.B. Oldman prize for 1993.