Dr. William Schimmel earned his doctorate of Music from Juilliard. A composer, author, lecturer, philosopher and virtuoso accordionist, he performs in a wide variety of styles from classical to pop and has appeared with many major symphony orchestras as and recorded with such noted performers as Sting and Tom Waits, whose celebrated remark, “Bill Schimmel doesn't play the accordion—he is an accordion,” has entered accordion legend.
An authority on Kurt Weill, Dr. Schimmel has recorded
all of Weill's music with accordion. He is a prolific composer
from the concert stage to Broadway theater and is founder of the
renowned Tango Project. In 1992 he was named “Best Accordionist” by
Keyboard Magazine and recognized as the figure who has done the
most to elevate the accordion's otherwise tawdry image.
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