William Buchman joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1992 after two seasons with the Dallas Symphony. He was appointed Assistant Principal Bassoon in 1996 and has served as Acting Principal on multiple occasions, including all overseas tours between 2007 and 2014. In 2008, he performed and toured as guest principal bassoon with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Buchman has played chamber music with pianists Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Yefim Bronfman and Emanuel Ax; performed and toured with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Pro Musica, and the Chicago Symphony Winds, and plays regularly with Music of the Baroque. He was a soloist at the 1998 Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and first appeared as soloist with the CSO in 2002; he also has performed as a soloist on multiple occasions with Music of the Baroque and DePaul University ensembles. He was awarded first prize in the 1990 Gillet Competition of the International Double Reed Society and has performed at several IDRS conferences since then.
A member of the DePaul University School of Music faculty since 1998, Buchman also coaches the bassoon section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has presented master classes throughout the United States and abroad.