William Bolcom Biography
The composer/pianist William Bolcom was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1938. He began private composition studies at age 11 with John Verrall and piano lessons with Berthe Poncy Jacobson at the University of Washington. During this time he performed extensively in the Northwest and Seattle areas.
After he earned his B.A. from Washington University in 1958, he studied with Darius Milhaud at Mills College in California, and with Milhaud and Messiaen at the Paris Conservatoire de Musique in France. He returned to America to hold various university teaching positions and to develop his own interpretation of ragtime.