Bill Hawkes was born in Cambridge in 1967. He studied violin and viola at the Royal Academy of Music between 1985 and 1990 where he won prizes for both instruments. Since then his career has been diverse, ranging from Principal Viola of Scottish Opera in 1991-1992, to violist in both the Balanescu and Nigel Kennedy String Quartets. He worked with many other chamber ensembles and orchestras, notably as 1st Violinist in the Michael Nyman Band and as Principal Viola and occasional soloist in the Gavin Bryars Ensemble.
In addition to making many recordings with the above, he is much in demand in the commercial music sector, and has broadcast for television and radio all over the world. An exciting recent collaboration with celebrated reeds player John Surman, as part of a string quintet, sees the release if a recording on ECM later this year.
Bill has two young children and lives in London. He has actively supported Cambridge United for 24 years and feels sure that this fairly fruitless pasttime has informed some of his most melancholic performances, particularly during this season.