“Extraordinary… Williams unapologetically takes her place among the most eloquent exponents of this great work [Schubert’s Sonata D958] in recent years, Barnatan, Lewis, Piemontesi and Wosner included.”
Gramophone, Nov 2021
Polish-Welsh-English pianist Cordelia Williams is recognised for the poetry, conviction and depth of her artistry. She has performed all over the world, including concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra (in Mexico City), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (at Barbican Hall, London), as well as recitals at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Beijing Concert Hall. Her recordings of Schubert, Schumann, Bach and Arvo Pärt for SOMM have been highly acclaimed: “Schumann’s 21st- century interpreter and soul-mate”; “a superb concept… brilliantly realised”. Her 2021 album Nightlight received rave reviews across the board and was awarded Critics’ Choice (International Piano) and Recording of the Year (MusicWeb International).
“Williams’ understanding of this music is remarkable… An album to cherish.”
International Piano (Critics’ Choice)
“Williams finds astonishing beauty in these pieces that had me shaking my head in wonder. Consummate artistry… touching real greatness.”
MusicWeb International (Recording of the Year 2021)
She is especially interested in forming unusual collaborations and creating innovative projects with other musicians and across disciplines. Alongside her performing career she gained a First in Theology from Clare College, Cambridge; her curiosity towards religions and faith led to her year-long project, Between Heaven and the Clouds: Messiaen 2015. In partnership with award-winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts, former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Rowan Williams and artist Sophie Hacker, this ambitious series of events and performances explored the music, context and theology of Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus. Project video here. Following this, she was delighted to be appointed Visiting Piano and Chamber Music Coach, and invited to create her own course in ‘Creative Programming and Project Planning’, at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Cordelia particularly enjoys presenting and introducing the music she plays, and has recently started making films for her YouTube channel.
“It takes real imagination to combine mostly standard repertoire in a way that’s both personal and musically insightful.”
Pianist Magazine, Sept 2021
Since becoming Piano Winner of BBC Young Musician 2006 she has enjoyed traveling around the world, and especially the time she spent performing, teaching and filming in Kenya. Her film On Being a Pianist in Kenya was released in August 2021 on YouTube and explores the challenges facing young aspiring classical musicians in Nairobi. Cordelia welcomed her first son in 2017, who has accompanied her on several concert tours and was joined by a brother in 2019. Her first book, The Happy Music Play Book, was published in 2021 and received Book of the Year at the Presto Music Awards. It is written for parents of young children who, like her, want to make music a joyful part of everyday family life.
Performances and behind-the-scenes videos of musical and family life at youtube.com/CordeliaWilliams