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. She is drawn especially to the music of the late Classical and early Romantic periods: her debut CD, featuring Schubert’s complete Impromptus for SOMM Recordings, was released to critical acclaim in July 2013. This was followed in 2015 by a recording of music by Schumann, with one reviewer describing her as ‘Schumann’s 21st- century interpreter and soul-mate’. Her latest CD, featuring music by J.S. Bach and Arvo Pärt, was described as a ‘superb concept… brilliantly realised’ in a five-star review in International Piano magazine.
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.
Cordelia has a great enthusiasm for presenting and introducing music; her occasional Cafe Muse evenings bring classical music out of the concert hall and into the relaxed setting of bars and brasseries. She is also a passionate chamber musician, having appeared with the Endellion, Fitzwilliam and Maggini quartets among others. Since becoming Piano Winner of BBC Young Musician 2006, she has enjoyed traveling and performing through Great Britain, France, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Thailand, China, America, Mexico, Kenya and the Gulf States. Cordelia welcomed her first son in 2017, who has accompanied her on several concert tours and was recently joined by a brother.
View Cordelia’s past concerts.