Dr. William Wellborn enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer, and has concertized widely on three continents and thirty states in the U.S. In 2014 he celebrated 26 years of performing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He received a Master’s of Music from New England Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance from the University of Texas, and a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Texas, where his teachers included Gregory Allen, Patricia Zander and Nancy Garrett, and two leaders in the fields of piano pedagogy–Amanda Vick Lethco and Martha Hilley. He also received coaching from John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Jerome Lowenthal.
Festival appearances include the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts, the Paderewski Festival, the American Liszt Society, the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Canada, the Chopin chez George Sand festival de piano in La Châtre, France, and the Três Séculos de Piano series in Rio de Janeiro. In 2004 he presented an all Liszt program on Liszt’s piano at Hofgärtnerei Museum in Weimar, and in 2009 he presented a Haydn program at the composer’s birthplace in Rohrau, Austria. Orchestral appearances include the Austin Symphony, the Austin Chamber Ensemble, the Laredo Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, the Symphony of the Redwoods, the Monterey Symphony, the Sudeten Philharmonie in Walbrzych, Poland, and with members of the San Francisco Symphony performing the Dvo_ák piano quartet.
For several years, Dr. Wellborn served as artist-teacher for the Masterclasses of Saint Malo, the Franz Liszt Summer Piano Academy in Sopron, and the Austrian International Piano Seminar summer programs. Since 1999 he has directed European musical tours exploring the lives and music of great composers, most recently focusing on the life and music of Mozart.
Dr. Wellborn is on the national board of the American Liszt Society and is the founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Society. This chapter, in conjunction with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, hosted the American Liszt Society national conferences in 2007 and 2013. Since 1994, Dr. Wellborn has served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions, including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and the International Russian Music Competition.
A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1989, Dr. Wellborn teaches piano in the Pre-College division, and Piano Pedagogy in the Collegiate division. His students frequently win top prizes in numerous local, state, national and international competitions. He records for Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels.