Nathan Williamson, piano

Born in 1978 and brought up in Southwold, where he now lives, Nathan Williamson studied piano with Joan Havill and composition with Malcolm Singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, followed by postgraduate studies at Oxford University and Yale University, where he was awarded a teaching fellowship upon graduating.


Nathan leads a diverse and varied career as pianist, composer, and conductor, collaborating with a wide range of artists both at home and abroad. Alongside recent appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square and LSO St Luke’s, Nathan has performed widely across Europe, including at prestigious venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Palais du Residence, De Doelen, the Lucerne and Bolzano Festivals, as well as in Korea, Canada, and the US.


Nathan’s debut CD, of piano works by Schubert and Brahms, was released in 2013, with Bryce Morrison reviewing: There are few recordings of these works that equal this. The artist's technique and pianistic command allows him an ideal musical freedom. The effect is of intense commitment and an ultimate sense of poetry. 


Future appearances include solo recitals at the William Alwyn, Harwich and Buckingham Festivals, Brahms Second Piano Concerto in London with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with John Paul Ekins and students from Trinity College of Music, and recitals of 20th century and contemporary works with violinist Fenella Humphreys.


2014 will also see several performances of a major new commission for solo piano, and a new work for NOW ensemble, premiered at Barge Music in New York in December 2013, will be heard at various venues in the USA. Other commissions include pieces for cellist Charles Watt, violinist David Chivers, a multi-piano project at London’s Limewharf, and a series of new piano pieces collaborating with visual artists-in-residence at the Arts Club Aldeburgh Beach.


Nathan has recently performed concerti with orchestras in Suffolk, Sussex and Salamanca and given recitals with James Gilchrist, for whom he was commissioned a new work, Guy Johnston, Njabulo Madlala, Arisa Fujita, and many other leading artists of his generation. Nathan also conducted performances of Walton’s Façade in Southwold and Aldeburgh, with reciters Claire Bloom and Humphrey Burton, alongside Constant Lambert’s Concerto for Piano and Nine Instruments with David Owen Norris, with the newly founded Spring Ensemble.


In 2013 Nathan was the composer for the Waveney and Blyth Arts’ ‘Famous Five Birds’ project, composing and conducting children’s songs and a shadow-puppet show soundtrack for an education project culminating in ten education workshops and performances across East Anglia.


Other recent works include an opera, A Fountain Sealed, with a libretto by Thomas Walton, which Nathan conducted in 2010. A cycle of String Quartets – composing one every five years since the year 2000 – has led to premieres by the Tin Alley and Barbirolli Quartets. Nathan has also been commissioned by the Daejeon Philharmonic and Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestras, Bury St Edmund’s Cathedral, the Chamber Music 2000 Project, Yale Schola Cantorum, and a work for Indian and Western instruments with Aruna Narayan, Hanif Kahn and Endymion. In 2000 he was commissioned by the Teatro Lyrico Sperimentale for Luciano Berio’s L’Arte della Fuga project.


Nathan is deeply involved in music-making in his local community of Southwold, being director of the Southwold Concert Series, which has staged some 30 concerts since its formation in 2008. The series’ success is based on bold programmes regularly featuring new or un-common music, and a strong commitment to developing new audiences in the local community.


Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra