Artist's BiographyBill began his professional career touring the Pacific Northwest and Alaska with guitarist Wayne Johnson, drummer Danny Gottlieb, bassist Dewey Dellay and singer Oleta Adams in 1974. At twenty-one years of age, he was invited by vibraphonist Gary Burton to teach at Berklee. During that period, he performed with pianist James Williams and guitarist Pat Metheny, and composed/recorded his first collection of solo pieces for the vibraphone, Music of the Day, published by Kendor Music. This collection has been reprinted 10 times and is the most successful of its kind in the world.
In 1976 Bill moved to New York City to work as featured soloist/composer with the Down Beat Magazine Poll and Grammy Award-winning singers Jackie Cain and Roy Kral. While with "Jackie and Roy", he gained valuable exposure performing throughout North America on network radio and television (NBC, CBS, NPR) broadcasts, at jazz festivals and jazz clubs. Molenhof also joined in collaborations with cornetist Ruby Braff, bassist Jay Leonhart, cellists David Darling and Hank Roberts, saxophonists Tim Berne and Zbigniew Namyslowski, and drummers Alan Dawson and Keith Copeland. Also he played with bassist Tom Warrington and keyboarder/conductor David Loeb.
In 1983 Bill made his European debut at the Tuebingen Germany International Festival, leading his own ensemble with Ed Thigpen in the drum chair. Since then, he has enjoyed featured appearances in Germany, France, Austria, Holland, England, Norway, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, the former Soviet Union (Ukraine), Brazil, Uruguay, Italy and Australia. His international reputation is secured and strengthened by regional and national radio and TV broadcasts in all of the above countries.
Bill Molenhof's recordings and publications receive frequent airplay and public performance throughout the world, and are administrated by Mark, Cexton, MTS, Warner Bros., and Kendor Music companies. Bill has recorded three albums as a leader: Beach Street Years, All Pass By, and Do You Speak Vibe? (Yes, I Marimba).
In addition to his early work at Berklee, Bill has given countless workshops and clinics, and has been a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music, Ithaca College, Temple University, and presently is in-residence at the Hochschule für Musik, Nürnberg, Germany.
The creative impact and technical artistry of Bill Molenhof is well documented and substantiated throughout the percussion/performance world. Bill's contributions to vibraphone, marimba, and mallet synthesizer represent significant advances in their progress, development and evolution.
In recent years, Bill has been inspired to even greater heights as a composer. These new efforts are reflected in many of his current projects.