William Hakim, violist, has performed throughout the United States and abroad to venues in England, Germany, France, Finland, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Japan, and New Zealand. Praised for his "warmth of tone and musicality" (Leipziger Volkszeitung), he is a member of the award winning String Orchestra of New York City (SONYC), the New York Symphonic Ensemble, and performs with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Sonos Chamber Orchestra, Ossia Symphony, the Orion Music Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, and the Mahavishnu Project among others. Mr. Hakim has recorded for Albany Records, Decca, and Nonesuch, and has appeared on WNYC’s ‘Soundcheck’ and on the Late Show with David Letterman. Recently he has performed with and recorded for artists such as Renee Fleming, Chris Botti, Gene Bertoncini, BoyzIIMen, Josh Groban, and various film and HBO scores. As a jazz player, he has played at the Jazz Standard, Le Poisson Rouge, the South Orange Performing Arts Center, and the Iriduim. William is also the violist in the Hyperion String Quartet, based in Saratoga, which is the Flonzaley Quartet in Residence at the Sembrich Musem in Lake George. Mr. Hakim has served on the faculty at Brevard Music Center and Point Counterpoint Chamber Music< Festival, and is currently on the faculty at Seton Hall University and Saint Rose College. He studied with John Graham at the Eastman School of Music, where he played in the Rochester Philharmonic, and studied linguistics at the University of Rochester. He attained his Masters from the Juilliard School studying with Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard String Quartet, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he studies with Paul Neubauer and is exploring aspects of music cognition.


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