Nathan Williams

Adult Chamber Music Camp Faculty - Clarinet

Nathan Williams joined the faculty of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin in August, 2008. In October, 2008 he was appointed principal clarinetist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston. He is a founding member of Strata, a trio with pianist Audrey Andrist and violinist/violist James Stern.

Mr. Williams has been hailed by critics as "a highly effective soloist" (The New York Times), "a stellar musician, capable of the most exquisite and expressive playing" (The Winston-Salem Journal) and for "his silky sound, superhuman control, and tireless energy" (Houston Voice). He has appeared as concerto soloist and given recitals and chamber music performances at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and Kaufmann Hall at the 92nd St. Y, and throughout the United States as well as in Austria, Canada, China, Italy, Israel, Hungary, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and Portugal. He was Co-Artistic Director for the 2010 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, hosted by the Butler School of Music in July, 2010.

He was a prize winner in Rotterdam's International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for performers of contemporary music, the William C. Byrd Young Artists Competition, the Eastman Concerto Competition, and the Naumburg International Competition. He has been a resident artist at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he won the C. D. Jackson Award for outstanding achievement.

He has been heard in concert broadcasts on National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Austrian Radio Network, NCRV Dutch Radio), and WNCN-New York. His compact disc recordings for Albany Records, Composers Recordings, Inc., Naxos, New Dynamic Records, and Arizona University Recordings have earned much critical acclaim.

Mr. Williams earned the Artist Diploma with highest honors from the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria, as well as graduate degrees from the Eastman and Juilliard schools, where he studied with Stanley Hasty. A former clarinetist with the Continuum ensemble in New York, he was the principal clarinetist of the Winston-Salem Symphony from 1996 to 2003, and from 1990 to 2001 he was on the faculty of the East Carolina University School of Music in Greenville, N.C. From 2001 to 2008, he was the Instructor of Clarinet at the Interlochen Arts Academy, and during 2003-2004 was also named Visiting Associate Professor at Michigan State University's School of Music.

Mr. Williams is on the artist roster of Lois Scott Management, Inc. He is an artist/clinician for Buffet Crampon. He is on the artist faculty of the Aria International Summer Academy at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and the Montecito Summer Music Festival in Santa Barbara, California.