Nathan Williamson


Composer and pianist NATHAN WILLIAMSON studied with Joan Havill, Malcolm Singer, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, Robert Saxton and Joan Panetti at the Guildhall School, Oxford University and Yale University, where he also held a prestigious teaching fellowship.

Nathan’s piano playing has been described as ‘superbly musical and technically masterly’ (Bryce Morrison), and ‘having a vision that is truly rare among pianists of today’ (Donald Sturrock). As a regular recitalist and concerto soloist, Nathan focuses primarily on music of the Germanic Classical and Romantic schools, and 20th century and contemporary works.

Nathan has performed at venues including the Southbank Centre, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, De Doelen, and the Aldeburgh, Bolzano and Lucerne Festivals. He has collaborated with a wide range of leading artists, including James Gilchrist, Guy Johnston, Njabulo Madlala, Nadia Wijzenbeek, Alexandar Somov, and the Allegri, Cavaleri and Sacconi Quartets. In 2001 he was the pianist with the European Union Youth Orchestra, performing Stravinsky’s ‘Petrouchka’ under conductor Paavo Järvi.

Recent solo performances include Mozart concertos with orchestras in Suffolk, Sussex and Salamanca, as well as Brahms’ Second Concerto with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra in London. Last season Nathan gave recitals at the Harwich, Buckingham, and William Alwyn Festivals, featuring many works by contemporary composers as well as his own music, and also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Nathan’s own compositions have been frequently heard across Europe and North America, and he is now in constant demand for new works from a wide variety of artists and promoters both at home and abroad. The extraordinary diversity of his output has seen it be acclaimed as ‘thrilling [for its] unabashed romanticism,’ (Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph), ‘existing in a serene and ethereal world, untouched by urban grit,’ (New Haven Advocate), yet also denounced as modernist by critics of The Times.