A Book of Days
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 Street 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 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,
Performances with STRATA: