Orchestral Repertoire (Strings/Cello)
Principal cello of the Philadelphia Orchestra for thirty-two years, William Stokking retired in 2005. He has appeared as soloist with the orchestras in Philadelphia; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Baltimore.
He was a student of Gregor Piatigorsky at the Curtis Institute of Music, and of Felix Salmond and Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. At the outbreak of the Korean War, he enlisted in the Navy and became solo cello with the Navy Band and Orchestra in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, he was in the master's/doctoral program at Catholic University.
In addition to his position at the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Stokking served as principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia and was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
He was also a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Stokking joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2000.