Bill Doerrfeld

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Bill Doerrfeld
Bill Doerrfeld in 2007
Background information
Birth name William Doerrfeld
Born (1964-04-03) April 3, 1964 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Genres Jazz, classical, jazz fusion
Occupation(s) Musician, pianist, composer
Instruments Piano
Years active 1977–present

William "Bill" Doerrfeld (born April 3, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American classical and jazz pianist and composer.

Doerrfeld composes, performs, and records music in a multitide of genres from classical to jazz. His primary focus is on compositions for classical symphonic orchestra, classical and jazz solo piano, and his jazz/rock fusion piano trio.[1]

In October 2014, Doerrfeld launched the Doerrfeld Trio.[2]



Doerrfeld started playing piano at the age of 4.[1]

At the age of 14, Yamaha invited him to perform his original solo jazz piano work "Unidentified Flying Fingers" at the Togo no Sato Interior Hall in Japan as part of their 7th Junior Original Concert in 1978.[3]

He received numerous awards and recognitions including a Downbeat Magazine DB award (at age 16),[1] the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and The Great American Jazz Piano competition,[1] the Yamaha National Electone Festival,[1] a BMI Student Composer Award,[4] a New York Youth Symphony commission[5] and Carnegie Hall orchestral premiere performance.[6]

Musical education[edit]

Doerrfeld earned degrees in classical piano and composition from Eastman School of Music,[7] Interlochen Arts Academy[1] and Yale School of Music.[7] His composition teachers include Joseph Schwantner, Samuel Adler, Louis Andriessen, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick.[1]


Doerrfeld received awards, fellowships and honors from ASCAP,[1] Banff Centre,[7] Delius Foundation,[1] Fontana Arts Society,[1] MacDowell Artist Colony,[7] Tanglewood,[8] and Yaddo.[7][9]


Doerrfeld's compositions have been performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,[8] Youngstown Symphony[citation needed], Saint Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra[10] and Lamont Symphony.[11] He has been a featured guest of the Northwest Sinfonietta[12][13] and the Methow Music Festival.[14] His piano compositions have also been performed internationally by Ralph Votapek, winner of the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.[15]

Doerrfeld’s work has been conducted by David Zinman, David Alan Miller, Vladimir Lande, David Effron, Christophe Chagnard, and George Tsontakis, among others.[1]

Debut album[edit]

On November 16, 2010, Doerrfeld released his debut album titled Time And Again, featuring 10 original solo piano compositions in classical/jazz styles.[16] In addition, he also announced the availability of printed scores for 70 of his original compositions.[17]

Second album[edit]

On March 16, 2011, Doerrfeld released his second album titled A Passing Moment, again featuring 10 original solo piano compositions ranging in styles from Latin, R&B, Boogie-woogie, Jazz waltz, Funk and Jazz/Classical Ballads.[18]

Third album[edit]

On April 3, 2012, Doerrfeld released his third album titled Flurious, featuring 12 original compositions.[19]


Time And Again

  • Released: November 16, 2010 (2010-11-16)
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jassical Music
  • Writer: Bill Doerrfeld
  • Tracks: "A Definite Possibility", "For A Day", "Shut Up", "TrackMan", "And Then There Was A Breeze", "In A Day", "So It Happens", "If I Could Be", "It Could Have Been Me", "Time And Again"

A Passing Moment

  • Released: March 16, 2011 (2011-03-16)
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jassical Music
  • Writer: Bill Doerrfeld
  • Tracks: "It's Just A Game I'm In", "A Passing Moment", "A Pretty Tune", "Fine With Me", "Awoken Heart", "Bad Bad Boogie", "Over Here", "This Is The Was of What Is To Be", "Was And Away", "A Forgotten Moment"


  • Released: April 3, 2012 (2012-04-03)
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jassical Music
  • Writer: Bill Doerrfeld
  • Tracks: "Flurious", "Can't Stand It", "For A While", "Every Bit", "Have Another", "Almost There", "Shut Up", "In A Day", "Snowgrass Jump", "Over And Over", "What Is It", "Every Day"


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "About Bill Doerrfeld". 
  2. ^ "Doerrfeld Trio". Archived from the original on 2014-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Yamaha 7th Junior Original Concert National Convention '78". Yamaha. 1978. 
  4. ^ "MUSIC NOTES; FACELIFT FOR A VALUED HALL". The New York Times. June 8, 1986. 
  5. ^ "Previous Awardees". New York Youth Symphony. 1987. 
  6. ^ "Concert: Youth Symphony". The New York Times. November 30, 1987. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Étude attitude". The Wenatchee World. July 24, 2008. 
  8. ^ a b "Composers' series delves into 20th century". The Baltimore Sun. October 24, 1991. 
  9. ^ "Yaddo Composers" (PDF). Yaddo. June 1926 – November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Doerrfeld Orchestral Works Recording In St. Petersburg". December 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Lamont Symphony Orchestra Event". October 7, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Northwest Sinfonietta to Perform with Author Michael Cunningham". University of Puget Sound. April 5, 2009. [permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "The Hours". Northwest Sinfonietta. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "13th Annual Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival". Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. July 23, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Pianist Votapek at Loyola Marymount". Los Angeles Times. February 29, 1988. 
  16. ^ "Time And Again Album". 
  17. ^ "70 Original Jassical Piano Works Now Available". November 16, 2010. 
  18. ^ "A Passing Moment Album Press Release". March 16, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Flurious Album Press Release". March 26, 2012. 

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