Biography

Nathan WilliamsonA superb recital… Unerring mastery… Bryce Morrison, International Piano Quarterly

Williamson understands the mould-breaking environment of this repertory, and offers committed insight. Ateş Orga, Classical Source

Pianist and composer Nathan Williamson studied with Joan Havill and Malcolm Singer at the Guildhall, Robert Saxton at Oxford University, and Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, and Joan Panetti at Yale University, where he also held a prestigious fellowship.

As a pianist Nathan gives solo, chamber and concerto performances, recently performing at venues including Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, De Doelen, Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Snape Maltings, and the Aldeburgh, Bolzano, Lucerne, and Spoleto festivals. Nathan has collaborated with artists including Claire Bloom, Guy Johnston, Arisa Fujita, The Gryphon Trio, Njabulo Madlala, Boris Kucharsky, Fenella Humphreys, Alexander Baillie, Ensemble Endymion, the Allegri and Sacconi Quartets. He is a member of the renowned new music ensemble Piano Circus.

A new CD of solo piano works by Lutyens, Delius, Dickinson, Alwyn and Herschel Hill will be released on SOMM Recordings in April 2019. Nathan’s debut recording, Brahms and Schubert: Late Piano Works, was reviewed by Donald Sturrock as ‘a truly electrifying debut… I doubt this Sonata [Schubert D.959] has ever had a more powerful advocate.’ Nathan has also recorded discs of American piano music for SOMM and of British 20th century works with violinist Fenella Humphreys for Lyrita, with both receiving 5 star reviews in outlets such as Classical Music, Musical Opinion, and BBC Music Magazine.

Nathan’s short children’s opera ‘Machine Dream’, commissioned by the Mahogany Opera Group, was given several performances in primary schools across the UK earlier this year, and a song cycle The little that was once a man, setting texts by Bryan Heiser, was premiered to great acclaim by James Gilchrist and the composer in 2017. A new Cello Sonata was commissioned and premiered by Charles Watt, at the William Alwyn Festival 2018, with the composer.

Other recent commissions include the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Bury St Edmund’s Cathedral, and Ensemble Endymion. Nathan’s work Trans-Atlantic Flight of Fancy is featured on NOW Ensemble’s album Dreamfall (New Amsterdam Records) and Homecoming, a work for violinist Piotr Szewczyk’s Violin Futura project is available on Navona Records following dozens of performances by Szewczyk and other violinists worldwide.

Future plans include recitals and recordings with James Gilchrist, charting British song from the last 100 years, the complete Beethoven Concertos with the Prometheus Orchestra and Edmond Fivet, and a second tour of South Korea with Piano Circus in 2020. Nathan has also recently been appointed Artistic Director of the William Alwyn Festival 2019.