Biography

Tom Williams is an award-winning composer. His music has received numerous international performances and broadcasts; including BBC Radio 3, SEAMUS (Miami & Iowa), Sonorities (Belfast), EMMF (Kansas & Chicago), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Expo (Manchester and Scarborough), ACMC (Wellington and Brisbane), Futura (France), Weimar, Sonus and TES (Canada), NYCEMF (New York in 2011/13/16/17) and at ICMC conferences (NYC, Barcelona, New Orleans, Ljubljana, Belfast); and he has written for dance, theatre and education. In the 1993 ALEA III competition Ironwork for piano and tape was a prizewinner; Break was a finalist of 2004 Musica Nova, and Shelter received an honourable mention at Bourge, IMEB, 2006.  In 2010, Can won the medal of the Senato della Repubblica Italiana Music Contest “Città di Udine”.

Works include the dance video work, Voice (a retracing) (www.jar-online.net) and Leaf for hulusi, and electronics, and the acousmatic work, Wire & Wind. Dart for cello and electronics, premiered in New York in 2013, and since performed at ICMC, NYCEMF and IFAI and SEAMUS (USA) has been released on Albany Records (2015) played by New York cellist Madeleine Shapiro; Dart was a finalist for the British Composer Awards 2013, Sonic Art Category.

In 2016 he completed the song cycle with live electronics for the acclaimed soprano, Juliana Janes Yaffé, Meditations on a Landscape (words from the poetry of PennyAnne Windsor). The cycle has been performed at, INTIME, and at THIS 2017 in Leeds, and has performances lined up at NYCEMF 2017, New York in June, and at Sound+Environment 2017, University of Hull.

Current projects include collaborations with the 360 film maker, Sarah Jones; the clarinettist extraordinaire, Sarah Watts, on a new work for contra bass clarinet and electronics; and the pianist Julian Hellaby.

Currently, he is Principal Lecturer in Composition and is the Course Director for BA Music Composition and he leads Music within the School of Media and Performing Arts at Coventry University. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has taught music, music technology and composition at Keele University, Salford University, Boston University, RNCM, and Northampton University.

He founded and leads the experimental music research group at Coventry, INTIME and since 2011 chair of the annual INTIME Symposium. He is now co-leader of In-FoRM – a practice-based music research forum and online repository.

He studied music at Huddersfield University (BA Hons) and composition at Keele University (MA) and has a doctorate in composition (DMA) from Boston University, Massachusetts. His composition tutors included: Rolf Gehlhaar, Margaret Lucy Wilkins, Roger Marsh, John Casken and Richard Cornell.

Tom Williams BA, MA, MusAD, SFHEA