background

A gifted child prodigy, Bill commenced piano at age 3, and was the youngest student to study piano at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music (Australia), playing 7th Grade pieces by the time he was 7 years old. At age 8, he received a four year private scholarship to study piano under Albert Landa, and after high school, completed an Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies with Merit in 1987.

By the time he was 15, he had already performed in Bartok Festivals, Piano Competitions, and Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" as solo pianist, going on to perform Leonard Bernstein's "Mass", as well as gigs around town with the "pop" bands of the moment.

He started to frequent famed music spots in Sydney such as the Basement and the old All Nations Club to check out the music scene he would soon be a big part of. Around this time he started playing Electric Bass, which he occasionally plays at the same time as the piano, but usually not.

Shortly after his studies, he founded the group "The Storytellers" which played a combination of Bill's original material and electric jazz covers (Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny) - the 4 piece group did many live gigs as well as many Gospel music festivals around Australia. Some of Bill's tunes from this group can be found on his new album, "Falling".