Cordelia Williams is recognised for the poetry, conviction and inner strength of her playing and the depth and maturity of her interpretations. ‘Commanding and sensitive’ (Sunday Times), 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.
At the core of Cordelia’s musicality is a fascination with the artistic expression of human struggle and belief. 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 latest CD, Nightlight, has been reviewed as ‘a brilliant album’ and ‘exquisite’.
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. Following this, she was delighted to be appointed in 2018 as Piano and Chamber Music Coach, and Lecturer in Vocational Contexts, at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
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 recently joined by a brother. Her first book, The Happy Music Play Book, 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
View Cordelia’s past concerts.