William Stokking has appeared as Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and as soloist with the Orchestra in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, and Baltimore. Having begun his cello studies at the age of four, Mr. Stokking was a student of Gregor Piatigorsky at the Curtis Institute of Music and Felix Salmond and Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School of Music during his teens.
At the outbreak of the Korean War, Mr. Stokking enlisted as solo cellist with the Navy Band and Orchestra in Washington, DC. Upon leaving the Navy, he joined the Cleveland Orchestra for two seasons and was then offered a position with the Philadelphia Orchestra. After six years, Mr. Stokking moved to Boston where he became a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and performed as soloist with the Boston Pops. In 1971, he returned to Cleveland to serve as principal cello of the Cleveland Orchestra and served on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 1973, he returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra as principal cellist. He is also on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music.