Associate Professor of Piano Heidi Louise Williams joined the faculty at the Florida State University College of Music in 2007 after teaching piano and piano chamber music at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Music for eight years. Her growing roster of graduate and undergraduate students have won prizes regionally, nationally, and internationally in both solo and collaborative contexts, and are actively gaining employment in teaching and performing roles in the United States and abroad. Williams completed her BM, MM, and DMA degrees at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied with renowned pianist Ann Schein and coached chamber music with Earl Carlyss, Samuel Sanders, Stephen Kates, and Robert McDonald. She is also artist-faculty for the MasterWorks Summer Music Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana.
Praised by New York critic Harris Goldsmith for her ‘impeccable solistic authority’ and ‘dazzling performances’, Professor Williams has appeared in solo and chamber music performances across the United States and abroad, winning numerous prizes. Her 2011 solo debut CD released on Albany Records, Drive American, was named among the top 10 classical albums of 2011 in the Philadelphia City Paper and has been described as ‘superb’, ‘bold yet thoughtful’, ‘provocative and stimulating’ (Fanfare), possessing ‘…the muscularity and poetic power to bring this demanding repertory to life’ (American Record Guide). An avid chamber musician, Williams has collaborated with many outstanding American and international artists. She has recorded solo, concerto and chamber music for the Naxos and Albany labels.
Professor Williams maintains a personal website at: www.heidilouisewilliams.com.