William Purvis made his debut as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the age of 18, performing the Strauss Second Horn Concerto; today he pursues a multifaceted career as French horn soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. He is a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet, Speculum Musicae, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, performing frequently as soloist with both orchestras. Mr. Purvis appears frequently with such organizations as Tanglewood, Aston Magna, the Salzburg Festivbal, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A frequent performer on "early horns," he has performed and recorded with the original instrument sextet Mozzefgiato and with the Amadeus Winds. Closely identified with the music of our time, Mr. Purvis has had numerous compositions written for him, and has premiered works by such composers as Lieberson, Silver, Babbitt, Carter, Maxwell Davies and Stockhausen. As a conductor Mr. Purvis has recorded works by Carter, Wolpe, Crumb, Hyla, and others. In addition to Stony Brook, Mr. Purvis has taught at Columbia University, the Juilliard School, and the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany.