William Cole recently made his U.S. debut conducting Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis at the Prototype Festival in New York. With a repertoire encompassing Baroque opera to new compositions, recent and future performances in the concert hall and opera house include Hans Abrahamsen Schnee for the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Purcell The Fairy Queen for Waterperry Opera Festival, alongside engagements with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Music Theatre Wales, Grange Festival, and Operá National du Rhin. A committed advocate of contemporary music, he has taken part in masterclasses on Boulez and Kurtag with Peter Eötvös and is music director of Filthy Lucre, for whom he has conducted music by Grisey, Vivier, Scelsi and Xenakis as well as many works by emerging composers.

Recent performances of his own compositions include The Bells of Lübeck at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Composers Day, Her Face Was Full of Woe by Anne Denholm (Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales) in London and Bangkok, and Versa Est in Luctum for the Britten Sinfonia. His music has been performed across the UK and abroad and regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

William studied at Clare College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music, where he spent two seasons as a Repetiteur Fellow.