Mike Williams

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Hailed by The Boston Globe as “one of the city’s best percussionists,” Mike Williams has performed throughout North America and Europe and is a regular performer in the Boston area. An advocate for contemporary music, he is a member of the new music sinfonietta Sound Icon and is the percussionist and Artistic Director of Guerilla Opera with whom he has commissioned and premiered fourteen new chamber operas since 2007. He has also performed with groups including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Ludovico Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, and Harvard Group for New Music. Williams has worked with many of the leading composers of our time including Pierluigi Billone, Philippe Leroux, Salvatore Sciarrino, Gunther Schuller, and Roger Reynolds and been involved in numerous recordings on labels including Cantaloupe, BMOP Sound, Albany, and Northwest Classics.

As an orchestral musician he has performed with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, Springfield Symphony, and in the summer of 2010 toured North America with the Star Wars: In Concert Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded a fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center and attended The Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance in New York. Williams has performed at the Festival de Mexico, Gaudeamus Music Week, New Hampshire Music Festival, Monadnock Music, and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory.

Williams holds both B.M. and M.M. degrees from The Boston Conservatory, where he won top prize in the Concerto Competition. He also completed a year of advanced study at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam during which time he regularly performed with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra under Peter Eötvös. His principal teachers include Peter Prommel, Pat Hollenbeck, Nancy Zeltsman, and Salvatore Rabbio. Williams is on the music theory faculty of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.