Assistant Principal Bassoon
William Buchman joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1992 after two seasons with the Dallas Symphony. He was appointed assistant principal bassoon in 1996 and has served as acting principal on multiple occasions, including all overseas tours since 2007. In 2008, he performed and toured as guest principal bassoon with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Buchman has played chamber music with pianists Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Yefim Bronfman and Emanuel Ax; performed and toured with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Pro Musica and Chicago Symphony Winds; and regularly plays with Music of the Baroque. He first appeared as soloist with the CSO in 2002 and was a soloist at the 1998 Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He also has appeared at the Eastern Shore Chamber Music Festival in Maryland, Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming and Saint Barts Music Festival in the Caribbean. He was awarded first prize in the 1990 Gillet Competition of the International Double Reed Society, and he has performed at several IDRS conferences since that time.
A native of Canton, Ohio, William Buchman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics magna cum laude from Brown University in 1987. With the support of a DAAD fellowship, he continued his physics studies the following year at the Universität Fridericiana Karlsruhe in Germany. On returning to the United States, he studied bassoon performance at the Yale University School of Music with Arthur Weisberg and at the University of Southern California School of Music with Norman Herzberg.
A member of the DePaul University School of Music faculty since 2008, William Buchman also coaches the bassoon section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and he has presented master classes in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and North Carolina and in Brazil and China.
He resides with his partner Lee Lichamer in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood.