Bio

Chris Williams (1986) completed his Master’s in Composition at the University of Oxford in 2013. He is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2012 Chris was commissioned by Carnegie Hall, where his work San-Shih-Fan was premiered. During this time he worked with composer-in residence Kaija Saariaho. Previously, Chris was one of only six composers worldwide to be selected by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, to attend his Advanced Composition course at the Dartington International Summer School, England. His work has been performed by The Song Company, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the BBC singers, the Cavaleri Quartet and The Australian Voices, with whom he was composer-in-residence in 2010.

In November 2012, Chris was awarded the Blake Society’s Tithe Grant for composition. This international prize, adjudicated by Judith Weir, culminated in the premiere of his piece a golden string, at St.James Piccadilly, conducted by Aidan Oliver. More recently, Chris has also been awarded the Joyful Company of Singers Young Composer Prize. Also in 2012 Chris was selected for the Tenso Young Composers workshop, held in Sweden, as part of the Nordic Music Days, where his music was workshopped by Eric Ericsons Kammarkör under the guidance of James Wood.

In 2011 Chris featured as an emerging artist with Speak Percussion in Melbourne, Halcyon in Sydney and was the winner of the youth prize in the Jean Bogan Memorial Prize for Piano Composition. In September 2010 Chris’ work of silence into silence, a setting of Australian Poet Judith Wright, was premiered by Nicole Thompson and Brad Gill as part of the ‘Judith Wright Project.’ At the same event, Chris conducted the premiere of Gill’s ‘Patterns,’ recorded by the ABC.

His composition teachers have included Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Nigel Butterley, Robert Saxton, Colin Bright, Rosalind Page, Elliott Gyger, Michael Smetanin, Paul Stanhope, and James Ledger.

He is an Associate Artist at the Australian Music Centre.

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