Biography | CLIVE WILLIAMSON piano


Clive Williamson studied at York University and at the Royal Academy of Music with Ruth Harte. He made his London solo debut in the Purcell Room, in the Young Artists and Twentieth Century Music series run by the Park Lane Group. Since then he has played as soloist at all of the major London halls, and many other venues throughout the UK and in Europe. As an ensemble musician he is in considerable demand, working in both concert hall and recording studio throughout the world with many leading groups such as the London Sinfonietta, Gemini, Composers Ensemble and BCMG as well as with all of the London orchestras.

His reputation as a champion of complex contemporary repertoire was established with a performance of the second piano sonata of Pierre Boulez at London’s Wigmore Hall. He was one of the earliest performers of this astonishing piece, and has plans to re-establish the work in his current repertoire.

In 2004 Clive started the One-Minute Wonders project: he commissioned piano pieces from a number of major figures working in the UK, alongside works by  student composers. Each piece lasted  for one minute, and all of them have been performed throughout the UK. The pieces have been published in two volumes, and Clive's  performance has been released on CD by Cadenza Music. 

Following several performances throughout Europe as soloist in Petrushka with the CBSO under Sakari Oramo Clive was invited to perform the solo piano part in Ives’s 4th Symphony with the CBSO at the Proms live on BBC television. He was also invited by Jonathan Harvey to perform Messiaen's Sept Haikai in Antwerp with Sinfonia21, conducted by David Porcelijn. Clive's passion for and expertise in electronic music led to him being invited to perform at the re-launch of the Roundhouse in London, for the BBC's Electric Proms. A recording of the Sonata Trilogy by Tom Ingoldsby – composed for Clive Williamson - is due for release soon, and there are plans for further solo commissions, CDs and publications. 

Until 2015 Clive was Professor and Director of Performance at the University of Surrey, and he remains Artistic Director of the British Contemporary Piano Competition.

(A downloadable version of my biography may be found here)

© Clive Williamson 2015