Michael Williams

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Time and Rhythm/Visiting Artist: Guerilla Opera

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Mike Williams joined the Conservatory in 2015 and is an instructor of the course Time and Rhythm.

Hailed by the Boston Globe as “one of the city's best percussionists,” 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 14 new chamber operas since 2007. He has also performed with such groups as 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 he has been involved in numerous recordings on labels such as Cantaloupe, BMOP/sound, Albany, and Northwest Classics. 

As an orchestral musician, Williams has performed with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Portland Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, and Springfield Symphony, and in the summer of 2010, he 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 México, 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 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 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.