Dr Natalie Williams

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Dr Natalie Williams

“Natalie Williams’ score was a joy to listen to.” (InDaily, 15 August 2014)

Natalie Williams is an Australian-born composer and United States Permanent Resident. Her works are hailed by critics as “richly expressive and deeply poignant… devastatingly impassioned… with profundity and depth,” “a beautifully direct aesthetic.” Her music has been commissioned and performed by international ensembles, including the Atlanta Opera, Omaha Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney, Adelaide, West Australian, Queensland and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Musica Viva, the Australia Ensemble, Adelaide Baroque, the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Youth Orchestras, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Goldner String Quartet, The Muses Trio, Ensemble Liaison, the Pavel Haas and Doric String Quartets, and British cello soloist Natalie Clein.

Major premieres include an award-winning string octet "Saudade" commissioned in 2015 as the inaugural new work for the Hildegard Project, a multi-year commissioning plan initiated by Musica Viva Australia, featuring women composers. The piece was premiered by the Pavel Haas Quartet (Czech Republic) and the Doric Quartet (UK), at the Musica Viva International Chamber Music Festival at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2020 she received grant funding from ABC Classic to compose two new chamber works for radio broadcast. Natalie was twice commissioned by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for new works featuring in their Australian Music series, in 2017 and 2018.

Natalie Williams’ orchestral works have received critical acclaim including the premiere of her first symphony "Our Don" by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on 14 August, 2014; a multimedia orchestral tribute to Sir Donald Bradman AC. "Composer Natalie Williams’ portrait of the Test cricketer [Sir Donald Bradman AC] is as rewarding as the sound of leather on willow, after a delightful performance..." (The Guardian, 15 August, 2014). Her orchestral output includes multiple orchestral commissions from ensembles including the Australian Symphony Orchestras, and multiple Australian Youth Orchestras. In May 2015 her doctoral dissertation was chosen for performance within the American Composers Orchestra, EarShot reading sessions with the Berkeley Symphony and was also chosen for the Omaha Symphony New Music Symposium in 2012, mentored by maestro William Bolcom. She was the youngest Australian composer commissioned by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to compose a Fanfare for their 75th anniversary concerts in 2003. In 2005 Natalie was commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Cybec Foundation for a new work in the Metropolis New Music series, which premiered to critical acclaim.