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Natalie Williams : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Songs of Silent Earth : suite for piano trio by Natalie Williams, from the CD Women of Note

Photo of Natalie Williams

Photo: Megagraphics Photography


Natalie Williams is an Australian composer and United States permanent resident. Her works have been commissioned and performed by international ensembles including the Atlanta Opera, Omaha Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Baroque, the Sydney Youth Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, Indiana University Chamber Orchestra, and the Plathner's Eleven Chamber Ensemble (Germany).

Major premieres include a string octet Saudade (2015), commissioned as the first new work for the Hildegard Project, a commissioning project from Musica Viva Australia, supporting women composers in contemporary music. The piece was premiered by the Pavel Haas Quartet (Czech Republic) and the Doric Quartet (UK).

Natalie Williams's orchestral works have received critical acclaim, including the premiere of her first symphony Our Don by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on August 14, 2014 - a multimedia orchestral tribute to Sir Donald Bradman AC. Her orchestral output includes sixteen orchestral commissions from ensembles including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and the Adelaide and Sydney Youth Orchestras.

In 2015 her music was performed at the American Composers Orchestra EarShot reading sessions with the Berkeley Symphony. She also worked with 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 was also premiered to critical acclaim.

International composition festivals have presented her music including; Florida State University International New Music Festival, the International Trumpet Guild new music recitals program, the Midwest Composers Symposium, the Society of Composers Inc., national conference and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Metropolis New Music series.

Composition awards include the Albert H.Maggs Award (2018), a two-time winner of the Atlanta Opera Competition (2013 and 2015), and winner of the Iron Composer competition (2010), Natalie was also the joint winner of the inaugural Schueler Awards for Orchestral Composition, a new commission premiered to an audience of 30,000 in February 2007. Other prizes include the Australasian Performing Rights Association, Professional Development Awards (Classical category) in 2006, the Lyrebird Commission from the British Music Society in Melbourne (2006) and an overseas study scholarship from the Opus 50 Charitable Trust (Melbourne).

Academic teaching positions include; the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, the Australian National University and the Faculty of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium. Natalie completed her Doctorate in Composition at the Jacobs School of Music as a four-year doctoral fellow. Further academic training was completed with the UK Society for Music Analysis at Durham University in 2010 and studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique (Paris) summer school in July 2007, with the European American Musical Alliance. She is a fully represented composer at the Australian Music Centre, a member of the American Composers Forum and the Australasian Performing Rights Association.

In 2019 Natalie studied for a certificate in International Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and a Graduate Certificate in Management at the Australian National University. Natalie also serves on the selection committee for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and has held board positions with the Society of Composers Inc. and the International Alliance for Women in Music.

Natalie Williams — current to September 2022

Teacher/Influence on

Harry Sdraulig (2018)

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Steeling Fire : Concerto for Percussion and String Orchestra (2022) Commissioned by the Steel City Strings for their 2022 season, honouring the "Women of Steel" of Port Kembla, NSW
Digital sheet music sample Black Summer : An Homage to Australia's Bushfire History (2021) This work was composed as the prize-winning piece for the Albert H. Maggs Award (2018) at the University of Melbourne.
Crowning Dance : piano trio (2020) Commissioned by ABC Fresh Start Fund.
Songs of Silent Earth : suite for piano trio (2018) Commissioned by Vicki Brooke
The Dreaming Land : Sonata for cello and piano (2018) Commissioned by Cathy Brown-Watt for performance by Musica Viva Australia. Commissioned for the 2019 Australian tour of Natalie Clein and Katya Apekisheva.
Digital sheet music sample Letters to Clara : suite for chamber septet (2018) Commissioned by Australia Ensemble.