Composer

A full catalogue of Nathan’s work can be browsed here or via the ‘Works’ button in the menu above. Various professional recordings of his music can be found on the albums page, and there are also some informal/live recordings on his YouTube channel.

Nathan Williamson’s music is a mixture of extremes – complex and restrained, melodic and abstract, consonant and dissonant, impassioned and flippant – and covering a wide range of styles. In addition to collaborations with many leading artists, Nathan has written many works for amateur and young performers. Whatever forum it is found in, his music has a knack of ‘pushing’ to new territory whomever it is written for and whoever is listening, regardless of their experience.

Current projects: Saturday 9th October 2021 the Rossetti Ensemble will perform Crystal (2020) at the Alwyn Music Festival. Conceived in the 2020 pandemic, the work is scored for piano quartet (violin, viola, cello, piano) and is described by the composer as ‘expressing the awful disparity of the last year: so much death, sickness and loneliness on the one hand – and on the other, such vibrant screams of nature once we humans were out of the way…’

A recording of The little that was once a man with tenor James Gilchrist will be released on Volume 3 of ‘100 Years of British Song’ project, a three CD project of recent British music for SOMM Recordings. Nathan’s reflective Intermezzo for solo piano is also included on this volume as a ‘bonus track’. Release of Volume 3 is scheduled for February 2022.

Nathan is also making arrangements of Endings (2001) and Homecoming (2007) for other instrumental combinations.

Nathan studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Malcolm Singer, at Yale University with Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, Joan Panetti and Aaron Jay Kernis, and at Oxford University with Robert Saxton. For a more detailed biography, please click here or visit the About page via the menu above.