William Preucil was appointed concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1994. Prior
to joining the Orchestra, he performed for seven seasons as the first violinist of the
Cleveland Quartet, performing over 1000 concerts annually throughout the world and
recording the Beethoven quartet cycle and other works for Telarc.
Mr Preucil is former concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony, and has held similar posts
in Utah and Nashville. During his tenure in Atlanta he appeared with the orchestra as
soloist in seventy performances of fifteen different concerti. The Violin Concerto
by Stephen Paulus was dedicated to him, and he recorded it with the Atlanta Symphony for
New World Records. Other solo appearances have been with the orchestras of Minnesota,
Detroit, Rochester, Utah, and Hong Kong.
Mr Preucil performs regularly at the most prestigious chamber music festivals,
including Seattle, Sitka, Sarasota, Norfolk, and in Switzerland, France, and Germany. He
is a member of the Lanier Trio, whose recording of the complete Dvorák piano trios was
honored as one of TIME magazines’s top ten CDs in 1993.
Actively involved as an educator, Mr Preucil teaches at the Cleveland Institute of
Music. He has held positions as Professor of Music at Eastman and Distinguished Lecturer
in Music at the University of Georgia. He is a member of the Artistic Advisory Board for
the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Mr Preucil began violin study at the age of five, taught by his mother, Doris Preucil.
At sixteen, he graduated with honors from the Interlochen Arts Acodemy and entered Indiana
University to study with Josef Gingold. He studied additionally with Zino Francescatti and
Mr Preucil has served as concertmaster of the Mainly Mozart Festival orchestra since