William Skeen joined Philharmonia in 2003, and often serves as continuo cellist. William is an integral member of the American Bach Soloists, as well as Principal Cellist of Musica Angelica in Los Angeles, and the Bach Collegium–San Diego. Summers are spent with family in Carmel where William is Viola da Gamba Soloist and Associate Principal cellist of the Carmel Bach Festival. William also performs with Portland Baroque, the San Francisco Bach Choir, and other period ensembles.
Most of William’s time is spent, however, playing chamber music with his excellent colleagues in the New Esterházy Quartet, Voices of Music, La Monica, El Mundo, and Galanterie.
William earned a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with famed pedagogue Alan Harris. After leaving Cleveland he headed to Los Angeles to work with L.A. Philharmonic Principal Cellist Ronald Leonard at the University of Southern California. While pursuing a Master of Music degree, Skeen was invited by Leonard to be a teaching assistant at U.S.C.. Since 2000, William has lectured in Baroque Cello and Viola da Gamba at U.S.C., and given masterclasses at U.C.L.A. and the Colburn School. Mr. Skeen’s pupils have gone on to perform with Philharmonia, American Bach Soloists, Carmel Bach Festival, and Musica Angelica.
Skeen was Associate Principal cellist of the Stockton Symphony for many years, Continuo Cellist for San Diego Opera, and Principal Cellist of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra. He has performed over fifteen different concertos with orchestra, and performed solo recitals in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Carmel, Cleveland, Miami and New York City. William has recorded over 30 discs, for Koch, Delos, BIS, Hannsler, Sono Luminus and Pandore records.
He lives in Wildcat Canyon with his wife Ondine Young, and two young children, Talia and Liam.