William Wellborn enjoys an active career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer, and has concertized widely on three continents, as well as twenty-eight states in the US. He received a MM (New England Conservatory) and DMA (University of Texas) in Performance, and a BM in Piano Pedagogy (University of Texas), where his teachers included Gregory Allen, Patricia Zander, and Nancy Garrett, and two leaders in the field of piano pedagogy- Amanda Vick Lethco and Martha Hilley. He has also received coaching from John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, and Jerome Lowenthal. Festival appearances include the New Orleans Institute for the Performing Arts, the Paderewski Festival, the American Liszt Society, the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Canada, the Chopin chez George Sand festival de piano in La Châtre, France, and the Três Séculos de Piano series in Rio de Janeiro. In 2004 he had the honor of presenting an all-Liszt program on Liszt’s piano at Hofgärtnerei Museum in Weimar, and in 2009 he presented a Haydn program at the composer’s birthplace in Rohrau, Austria. Orchestral appearances include the Austin Symphony, the Austin Chamber Ensemble, the Laredo Philharmonic, the San Antonio Symphony, the Symphony of the Redwoods, the Monterey Symphony, and the Sudeten Philharmonie in Walbrzych, Poland. From 1996-2010 Wellborn was involved with A CONCERTed Effort, a San Francisco Bay Area concert series which raised over $2,000,000 for various AIDS organizations. A scholar of historic musicians, from 1995-97 Wellborn hosted the San Francisco based radio program "Piano Legacy" (station KDFC). Since 1999 he has directed European musical tours exploring the lives and music of great composers, and the 2014 tour focuses on Mozart, and visits Austria, Germany, and Italy. An artist-teacher for the Masterclasses of Saint Malo (1998-2003) and Franz Liszt Summer Piano Academy in Sopron (2004-2007) summer programs, Wellborn has been on the faculty of the Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival in Wiener Neustadt, Austria since 2008.
Wellborn is on the national board of the American Liszt Society and is the founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Liszt Society. The San Francisco chapter, in conjunction with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has hosted the American Liszt Society national conferences in 2007 and 2013. Since 1994, Wellborn has acted as Vice-President for the San Francisco Council of the Chopin Foundation. He has served as an adjudicator for numerous competitions, including the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and the International Russian Music Competition). In 2013 Wellborn celebrated 25 years of performing in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1989, Wellborn teaches piano in the Pre-College division, and Piano Pedagogy in the Collegiate division. His students frequently win top prizes in numerous state, national, and international piano competitions. Wellborn records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels.