Bill Molenhof began his professional career touring the Pacific Northwest and Alaska with guitarist Wayne Johnson, drummer Danny Gottlieb and singer
Oleta Adams in 1974. At twenty-one years of age he was invited by Gary Burton to teach at the Berklee college of Music in Boston, MA. During that time Molenhof performed with pianist. James Williams and guitarist Pat
Metheny and recorded / composed 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 Downbeat 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/singer Jay Leonhart, cellists David Darling and Hank Roberts, saxophonists Tim Berne and Zbigniew Namyslowski, and drummers Alan Dawson and Keith Copeland.
In 1983 Bill made his European debut at the Tuebingen Germany International Festival with drummer Ed Thigpen. Since then he has had featured appearances
in Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Holland, England, Norway, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Ukraine, Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, and Australia. His
international reputation is secured by regional and national radio and TV broadcasts in all of the above countries.
The Bill Molenhof recordings and publications receive frequent airplay and public performance throughout the world and are administrated by Mark, Cexton, MTS, Warner Brothers, Kendor Music, Really Good Music, LLC. and Otto Wrede-Regina companies.
In addition to his early work at Berklee, Molenhof has given countless workshops and clinics, and has been a faculty member at the Manhattan school of Music, Ithaca College, Temple Univ. and at present is at the Hochschule fuer Musik Nuernberg, Germany.
The creative impact and technical artistry of Bill Molenhof is well documented and substantiated throughout the percussion- performance world.
His solid contributions to vibraphone, marimba, and mallet synthesizer are significant advances in their progress, development and evolution.