Pianist William McNally, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, began his piano studies at age seven. At age nine he was a winner in the American Music Scholarship Association Competition, for which he was awarded a recital at Weill Recital Hall. He is also a composer whose work has received prizes on the national level. Beyond the classical field, he has recorded a collaborative CD of ragtime music featuring classic rags and original compositions. Mr. McNally has studied with Stephanie Brown, Jacob Lateiner, and Mehyon Moon, and has played in master classes taught by Edward Aldwell, Claude Frank, and Peter Serkin. During the summer of 2003, he was a full scholarship student at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where he was a student of Jerome Lowenthal. During his tenure, he was selected to perform Stravinsky's Petrushka under the baton of Kazuyoshi Akiyama, long time director of the Tokyo Symphony; his Ravel Piano Trio performance at the same festival was reviewed by the Santa Barbara Independent as "sympathetic and insightful." Currently he studies with Jerome Rose at the Mannes College of Music, where he is a Master's degree candidate.