Nathan Williamson is a composer and pianist involved in a wide variety of projects and collaborations with artists both at home and abroad.
Recent works include The little that was once a man, a song cycle to texts by Bryan Heiser written for tenor James Gilchrist and premiered with the composer at the piano, works for the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, Bury St Edmund’s Cathedral, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Endymion, and the TinAlley and Barbirolli Quartets.
Nathan has recorded discs of American piano music on the SOMM label and of British 20th century works with violinist Fenella Humphreys on Lyrita – both received 5 star reviews in outlets such as Musical Opinion and BBC Music Magazine. Nathan’s own work Trans-Atlantic Flight of Fancy is featured on NOW Ensemble’s album Dreamfall (New Amsterdam Records) and Homecoming, a commission for violinist Piotr Szewczyk as part of his Violin Futura project, is available on Navona Records, following dozens of performances by Szewczyk and other violinists worldwide.
Nathan conducted performances of his first opera, A Fountain Sealed, to a libretto by Thomas Walton, in Suffolk, Oxfordshire and London in 2010 and has recently written songs, made arrangements for, and accompanied a wide variety of theatrical productions, including professional tours, theatre involving young people and local amateur productions. His Cabaret Songs, adapted from incidental music for Auden/Isherwood’s The Ascent of F6 have been given in concert performance by soprano Emilie Brégeon at various venues in the UK and Paris. Nathan has also been commissioned concert and theatre work for younger performers by Pro Corda and Music Works chamber music courses, Rugby School, Waveney and Blyth Arts, and the Chamber Music 2000 project.
In the coming year Nathan will complete a new sonata for cellist Charles Watt, a major solo work for violinist David Chivers, as well as a new ‘Snappy Opera’ for the Mahogany Opera Group. Concertising will include recitals with James Gilchrist, Brahms and Mozart concerti, and Schumann chamber works with Paris-based ensemble Continuum. Solo recitals of contemporary and 20th century UK and US repertoire will culminate in further recording projects with SOMM. Nathan is a member of the renowned contemporary music ensemble Piano Circus, who will premiere a major new work by New Zealand composer John Psathas in London following a residency at Snape Maltings in 2018.
Nathan lives in Southwold, on the Suffolk coast, with his wife, Daisy, a music therapist, and their two young children. Nathan founded and directs the Southwold Concert Series and the Southwold Music Trust, which aim to make music a central part of the town of Southwold. He is a regular coach and outreach project leader at the Yehudi Menuhin School.