Bill Cahn has been a member of NEXUS, the Toronto-based percussion group since its formation in 1971, performing on concerts, films, recordings, and broadcasts all over the world. He was principal percussionist in the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995.
Born in Philadelphia in 1946, Bill has concretized with conductors, composers, ensembles, and popular artists representing diverse musical styles – among them, Chet Atkins, John Cage, Carman Caballero, Carlos Chavez, Aaron Copland, Andrew Davis, Jimmy Durante, The Chick Mangione Orchestra, Marian McPartland, Mitch Miller, New Music of Toronto, Seiji Ozawa, Steve Reich, Doc Severensen, Leopold Stokowski, Richard Stoltzman, Igor Stravinsky, Edgar Varese, The Paul Winter Consort, and David Zinman.
His chamber and orchestral compositions featuring percussion are performed worldwide and recorded on CDs, including two with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Bill has written books and articles about music and percussion, and he is active in presenting lectures and workshops on the subjects of percussion performance, careers in music, the business of music, and composition.