About Me


My name is William (Liam) Day.

19036_511514230010_4255992_nIn 2008, I was sitting in the lobby of The Juilliard School checking my email on a school computer and I ran into a trumpet colleague of mine. I asked him what he was up to and he told me that he was on his way to audition for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

The MPO was touring the world looking for new talent to join their orchestra in Kuala Lumpur. I had taken several auditions that year, and after looking at the audition repertoire, I realized I was prepared to play everything. I ran home to grab some extra trumpets and returned to the audition at Merkin Hall. I didn’t realize it at the time, but this would turn out to be the beginning of one of the most rewarding adventures of my life. I was awarded the position with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and in 2009 I moved to Malaysia for the start of a 7-year tenure with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

As a member of the MPO I was busy performing and recording not only in Kuala Lumpur, but also around the world for solo and orchestral engagements. I was proud to announce the release of the MPO’s recording of Dvorak’s 9th Symphony in 2010. The recording was part of the complete works of Dvorak we recorded in partnership with the BIS recording label. Check out a review on www.classicstoday.com. In August of 2012, I represented the MPO on a European tour with Bertrand De-Billy with the orchestra of the Alliance of Asia-Pacific Region, performing in Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, Tallinn and Helsinki. In 2011, I went on a solo recital tour of Southeast Asia with pianist Conor Hanick, including stops in Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. In 2014, I was a featured soloist at the Melbourne International Trumpet Festival and in 2016 I was proud to lead the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet in concert alongside my colleagues in the MPO.     

In 2016 I left Kuala Lumpur to return to my home in New York City. It was such a pleasure to join the New York Philharmonic as acting second trumpet for six months. During that time we played memorable concerts at Lincoln Center including Mahler’s 9th Symphony with Bernard Haitink and Turangallila Symphony with Essa-Pekka Salonen. I joined the NYPhil for a residency in Shanghai, China, as well as their annual residency in Vail, Colorado.

023__2011_02_28Before my time in Malaysia I was a member of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW, as part of The Academy program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and The Weill Music Institute. Before playing at Carnegie Hall, I played with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Trumpet, and was principal trumpet of CityMusic Cleveland (Cleveland’s premier chamber orchestra). Throughout my career, I have performed at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Aspen, Verbier, Spoleto USA and the Pacific Music Festival, Japan.

I have a Master of Music degree in trumpet from The Juilliard School, 2007 and was the recipient of the Frieda and Harry Aronson Scholarship. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, 2005 with the Bernard Adelstein Award for Excellence in Trumpet. While in Cleveland, I was a founding member of the Helios Brass Quintet and the group received a New Horizon fellowship to perform at the Aspen Music Festival, 2003.