Originally from South Carolina, cellist William Laney is enjoying a multi-faceted career as both a performer and educator. William has performed extensively throughout the Southeastern United States, having performed in many orchestras and chamber ensembles. He has been a participant and performer at the Aspen Music Festival and School (CO), Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (VT), and the Cello Seminar at Music From Salem (NY). As an active orchestral musician, William has performed with many orchestras throughout the Southeastern United States, having served as guest principal cellist with the Long Bay Symphony (SC) and Brevard Philharmonic (NC).
Currently, he is a section cellist with the Long Bay Symphony and frequently performs with the South Carolina Philharmonic. While a student at Aspen, William was Assistant Principal of both the Aspen Philharmonic and the Aspen Opera Theater Center (AOTC) orchestras. As a member of the Zara Piano Trio, William performed in the 2016 Boston Conservatory Millennial Honors Concert. Mr. Laney has collaborated with renowned artists including violinist Lynn Chang, soprano Arianna Zukerman, and cellists Rhonda Rider, Andrew Mark, and Scott Kluksdah. He has participated in masterclasses with Zuill Bailey, Joseph Silverstein, Melissa Kraut, Thomas Landschoot, Timothy Eddy, David Requiro, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Lawrence Dutton, Parker Quartet, and Calder String Quartet, among others. In addition to performing, William enjoys teaching a small pre-college studio in Boston, (MA). Recently completing undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Robert Jesselson, Mr. Laney is currently pursuing the Graduate Performance Diploma at The Boston Conservatory, as a student of Rhonda Rider.