William Motzing (BMus,MMus) was born in the USA. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and continued his studies earning a Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music.He went on to study conducting with Ernest Matteo, Nicholas Flagello, Ionel Perlea and Olga von Geczy; composition with Ludmila Ulehla and John Mayer at Birmingham Conservatoire (UK) and arranging with Rayburn Wright.

During his career as a professional trombonist Bill performed with Kai Winding Septet, Jon Eardley Quintet, Gerry Mulligan Big Band,Bill Russo Big Band, Sal Salvador Big Band, Eastman-Rochester Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony. His diverse career has also included being the sound designer for Blood,Sweat and Tears for three years.

“William Motzing…one of the best soundtrack conductors in the world. ”
– The Age

In the classical arena Bill has conducted major symphony orchestras including the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestras. In Europe he has conducted the BBC Radio Orchestra,the Irish Radio/Television Concert Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Budapest Opera Orchestra and the Babelsberg Film Studio Orchestra in Berlin.

Bill composed, arranged, produced and conducted stage productions including Academy Award presentations and over 100 albums and CDs in the USA, Australia and Europe. As a composer/arranger his film credits include The Quiet American, Soul Food and the Simpsons. In Australia he is well represented via film scores and television series including Mother and Son, Come in Spinner, Brides of Christ and Young Einstein.

He taught theory, arranging, modern jazz history, improvisation and ensembles at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

On Friday 31 January, 2014, Bill Motzing passed away in New York. [Obituary]

An Interview with William Motzing

Willam Motzing shares his knowledge about constructing backgrounds. Read the interview.