Chris Williams (1986) – Short Bio

Chris’ music is elemental and monolithic, work as ‘elegant in the making as in the made’. Ideas of growth and form, emergence, drift and self-similarity, appropriated from biology, as well as precepts that have resonance across art-forms, science, and nature like colour, line, shape, pattern and process inform and permeate his music.

In 2020, Chris has been commissioned by the Song Company, with funding from the Silo Collective, to write a new major song cycle, and is composing a concerto commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

He has been awarded the youth prize in the Jean Bogan Memorial Prize for Piano Composition, the composition prize of the Australian International Chopin Competition, and the Joyful Company of Singers Young Composer Prize and was nominated for ‘Best Original Score’ at the Sydney Theatre Awards, for his work with the Sydney Theatre Company.

Chris completed his Master’s in Composition at the University of Oxford in 2013 and a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, where his work San-Shih-Fan was premiered. During this time he worked with then 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

He is an Associate Artist at the Australian Music Centre

and is represented by Aurora Artists’ Management.

twitter: @composer_chris

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