Tom Williams


Tom Williams is an award-winning composer. His music has received numerous international performances and broadcasts; including BBC Radio 3; SEAMUS (Miami,Iowa, Boston);  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 2011/13/16/17/20/24); 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) ( 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.

More recent creative projects include composing for the clarinettist extraordinaire, Sarah Watts, for contrabass clarinet and electronics, Weighed Down by Light; and acclaimed French percussionist Thierry Miroglio, A Shadow that Falls.

His 2023 acousmatic composition Piano Trace has been performed at festivals that include Jauna Muzika 2023 in Vilnius, Noisefloor 2024 in Lisbon; Spatial Audio Gathering, DMU, Leicester; NYCEMF2024, New York.  Acoustic compositions include for the Orchestra of the Swan for 9-players performed in Stratford-upon-Avon and Coventry (2022) and recently composed (2024)  3-movement violin and piano composition.

Tom Williams has a doctorate in music composition from Boston University.  Currently he leads the MA Music Production at Coventry University.