William (Bill) Eddins is the Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras throughout the world. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland) from 2001 to 2006. As Music Director, he led the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in a 2012 Carnegie Hall concert as part of the Spring for Music Festival. Other recent highlights include conducting the RAI Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale on Italian television and leading Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with Opera de Lyon. In 2015 he will conduct Porgy and Bess at the Spoleto Festival as well as Mozart’s Magic Flute with the Edmonton Opera. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland) from 2001 to 2006. In Europe he has conducted the Berlin Staatskapelle, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. He recently led the Natal Philharmonic on tour of South Africa with soprano Renee Fleming. Mr. Eddins is an accomplished pianist and chamber musician. He regularly play-conducts from the piano in works by Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Ravel. A native of Buffalo, NY, Mr. Eddins attended the Eastman School of Music, graduating at age eighteen, making him the youngest graduate in the history of the institution.