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Heidi Louise Williams – Week 4

Praised by New York critic Harris Goldsmith for her ‘impeccable soloistic authority’ and ‘dazzling performances’, American pianist Heidi Louise Williams has appeared in solo and collaborative performances across the United States and internationally. Her engagements have included recitals at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Taiwan National Recital Hall in Taipei, the Kennedy Center, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Brevard Summer Music Festival, the French Embassy in Washington D.C., and festivals in France and Italy. She has given multiple artist residencies featuring master classes and performances in leading conservatories and universities in Taiwan and China. Her playing has been heard on WFMT Chicago, Classic 99 St. Louis, WQLN Pennsylvania, and KUAT Tucson radio stations, on WWFM Trenton, New Jersey for the David Dubal Show, ‘The Piano Matters’, and on classical radio stations throughout Taiwan and Canada. Williams is actively involved in the promotion of new music and has worked with many distinguished composers. Her 2011 solo debut CD for Albany Records, Drive American, was named among the top 10 classical albums of 2011 in the Philadelphia City Paper, featured in Fanfare’s 2012 Critics’ Want Lists, and has been described as ‘veritably operatic’, ‘bold yet thoughtful’, ‘unflappable’, ‘provocative and stimulating’ (Fanfare), possessing ‘…the muscularity and poetic power to bring this demanding repertory to life’ (American Record Guide). Current recording projects include a solo program featuring American sonatas by Carlisle Floyd, George Walker, Samuel Barber and others; and a disc devoted to premiere recordings of American Art Songs by Daniel Crozier, John Harbison, James Primosch and Ned Rorem with Soprano Mary Mackenzie. Her playing has been published in the Modern Classical American Songbook Volume I. She has also recorded for the Naxos and Neos labels. Williams joined the piano faculty at the Florida State University College of Music in 2007, after having taught at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Music since 1999. Her growing roster of graduate and undergraduate students have won prizes regionally, nationally, and internationally in both solo and collaborative contexts, and are actively gaining employment in teaching and performing roles both in the U.S. and abroad. Williams completed her BM, MM, and DMA degrees at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied with Ann Schein and coached chamber music with Earl Carlyss, Samuel Sanders, Stephen Kates, and Robert McDonald. She is artist-faculty for the MasterWorks Summer Music Festival, and has also taught at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy.