Nathan Williamson - Artistic Director

Pianist and composer 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.


This season will see several recitals with violinist Fenella Humphreys, culminating in a recording in 2016 on the Lyrita label of 20th Century British works. Next year Nathan will also release a second solo CD, of 20th Century American Sonatas on the SOMM label. Nathan’s debut disc Brahms & Schubert: Late Piano Works was released in 2013, with leading authorities such as Bryce Morrison commenting: 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.


Current commissions include a Sonata for cellist Charles Watt and a major song cycle which Nathan will perform with tenor James Gilchrist in 2016. Earlier this year a new work for piano, four hands, was premiered by Mariko Brown and Julian Jacobson at the Purcell Room, and a new work for NOW Ensemble was released on the New Amsterdam label following performances in New York City and across the US.


Recent performance highlights include Mozart concertos with orchestras in Suffolk, Sussex and Salamanca, as well as Brahms’ Second Concerto with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra in London under Adrian Brown. Solo recitals include 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 has also performed at the Southbank Centre, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, De Doelen, and the Aldeburgh, Bolzano and Lucerne Festivals. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including 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. Commissions include the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Bury St Edmund’s Cathedral, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and SPNM for Indian instrumentalists performed by Aruna Narayan and Hanif Kahn, with Endymion. In 2010 Nathan conducted the first performances of his opera, A Fountain Sealed, to a libretto by Thomas Walton, in Southwold, Oxfordshire and All Soul’s Langham Place, London.


In 2000 Nathan was commissioned by the Teatro Lyrico Sperimentale for Luciano Berio’s L’Arte della Fuga project, leading to performances in several major European venues. A cycle of String Quartets – one being composed every five years since 2000 – has led to premieres by the Tin Alley and Barbirolli Quartets in the UK and Deer Valley Music Festival, where Nathan was composer-in-residence in 2005.


Nathan lives in Southwold, on the Suffolk coast, where he founded the Southwold Concert Series in 2008, since when nearly fifty concerts have been staged. Nathan is also directing a new series, ‘Music at Wardens’, held at Ness House, Sizewell, a centre for disabled people, to help raise funds and awareness of their work.


Nathan previously served as a General Music teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he continues to work as an occasional accompanist and coach, and is involved in various education projects at Aldeburgh Music.

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Saturday 3rd December 2016, 7pm, St Edmund's Church, Southwold:

The Winter Star - by Malcolm Williamson - A short, fully staged opera for children


This December Southwold Concert Series is teaming up with Aldeburgh's Jubilee Opera to present a concert involving more than 50 local children, including members of Southwold Primary School Choir.


They will be joined by children from Jubilee Opera, Coldfair Green, Yoxford, and other local primary schools.


The Winter Star will be preceeded by songs and carols for Advent, to celebrate the joy of singing and the coming of Christmas.


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