Composer, arranger, and performer William Hoshal draws creative influence from the worlds he inhabits. Originally trained as an instrumentalist, his award-winning music has been featured in jazz festivals and on the concert stage both here and abroad.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, William's artistic roots began in the rich Portland, Oregon music scene and took him to the jazz and commercial worlds of the east coast. He relocated to the desert southwest where a lifelong fascination with indigenous music of all kinds developed. Influenced by jazz legends John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Joe Henderson, as well as European artists like Jan Garbarek and Nils Petter Molvaer, he began incorporating the indigenous traditions into the harmonic and rhythmic structures of jazz and contemporary classical music.
As a jazz and commercial musician, he has performed with artists such as Pat Metheny, The Brecker Brothers, Clark Terry, James Moody, Bob Mintzer, Michito Sanchez, Doc Severinson, Maureen McGovern, Hans Zimmer, Celine Dion, and Lou Rawls.
William was a staff musician/orchestrator/composer for the Walt Disney Company for over a decade and currently composes and designs sound for the video game industry. He also holds the position of Senior Composer/Sound Designer and Audio Director for an international gaming company.
Frequently in-demand as a composer, orchestrator and producer, as well as jazz and session musician, he has been a featured performer at festivals as varied as the Kool and Playboy Jazz Festivals, Jacksonville and Mt