William Herzog is an accomplished performer of solo and chamber music and a devoted educator. His performances and recordings range from Beethoven and Bach, to Ysaye, Jessie Montgomery, and improvised music for violin and steel drum. Herzog has taught violin to students of all ages, from beginners to accomplished career violinists.
Dr. Herzog’s performing career began early, with him winning a coveted seat in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra at the age of 10, the youngest musician ever admitted. He went on to produce and star in a yearly concert series at the age of 14, which garnered him appearances on TVOntario and CBC radio. Since then, William has concertized across the continent, including performances at Roy Thompson Hall (Toronto, Ontario), Maureen Forester Hall (Waterloo, Ontario), Kodak Hall (Rochester, NY), The South African Embassy (Washington, DC), and the Gordon Center (Baltimore, MD), and worked with renowned composers and performers, including James Ehnes, Christian Tetzlaff, Rachel Barton-Pine, Franz Welser-Möst, Ryan Chase, and Shulamit Ran.
Throughout his career, Dr. Herzog has been recognized with numerous awards, including a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, second prize in the Samuel and Elinor Thaviu competition in Chicago, the Penderecki String Quartet Chamber Music Prize, and first prize in the Wilfrid Laurier University concerto competition. He has also been the recipient of notable scholarships, receiving the Buxton Fellowship and C.C. Barsh scholarship at the Eastman School of music as well as the Premiere Young Artist Award at Indiana University.
An established pedagogue, Dr. Herzog has been praised for “his deep understanding of the technical, psychological, and emotional aspects of violin-playing, and his ability to communicate this knowledge clearly and empathetically” (Will Ejzak, former student). This engaging and creative pedagogical style have given rise to an article published in the peer-reviewed journal American String Teacher, and earned him numerous invitations to present at American String Teacher’s Association national conferences.
Dr. Herzog gained invaluable pedagogical and performance experience while studying with Mauricio Fuks, Gerardo Ribeiro, Oleh Krysa and Renée Jolles, and serving as an assistant teacher at Northwestern University and the Eastman School of Music. In this capacity, he designed and taught technique classes, conducted master classes, taught individual and group lessons and worked with music education majors, endeavoring to give them the skills they need to excel when teaching strings in public school systems.
Dr. Herzog received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music with an advanced certificate in college teaching and a Performer’s certificate. Prior to his work at Eastman, he received his Master’s degree from Northwestern University and his Undergraduate from Indiana University. He is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin and Music Theory at Northern Kentucky University.