Biography

William Overcash is a violinist residing in Frankfurt, Germany that is keenly interested in the development of music. Following his Bachelor and Master studies at Oberlin College with David Bowlin and Rice University with Kathleen Winkler, Overcash moved from the USA to Germany to study at the prestigious International Ensemble Modern Academy in 2017. Under the guidance of the violinists Jagdish Mistry and Giorgos Pianagotidis, William was able to learn the skills to collaborate with composers and performers of other artistic disciplines, as well as learning how to prepare and perform freshly written pieces of music quickly and efficiently. Since then, William has had the honor of performing regularly with Ensemble Modern, as well as many other contemporary music ensembles in Europe such as oh-Ton Ensemble, Ensemble New Babylon, Klangforum Heidelberg, Ensemble Interface, and Schwelbrand Berlin. At the moment he is on trial for the violin position in the Österreiches Ensemble für Neu Musik. 

In the traditional classical scene, William performs regularly with his chamber music groups OvAnima Trio and Rothko String Quartet, as well as substituting with the Hessische Runkfunk Symphonie Orkester and ensemble reflektor. His projects have allowed him to perform at multiple fantastic venues such as the Elbphilharmonie, Suntory Hall of Tokyo, Kölner Philharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Essen Philharmonie, and KKL Luzern. 

Always eager to work with composers, William has been grateful to have given multiple commissions for his bassoon-violin duo Wolftone to composers such as Sky Macklay, Jalalu Kalvert-Nelson, Andrew Stock, Peter Kramer, Christine Burke, and Jonah Haven. In July 2020, William and his colleague Jakob Nierenz were awarded the “Kulturfunke” grant by the Possehl Stiftung to realise a project in Lübeck, Germany, commissioning a new piece, reviving old unknown pieces, and performing them all with the OvAnima Trio.