James Williamson

Born in Selby, James developed an interest in composition when studying at the University of Huddersfield

James Williamson (b.1984) studied at the University of Huddersfield with Patric Standford, Royal Academy of Music with Philip Cashian and recently completed a PhD in Composition at the University of York, supervised by Martin Suckling in 2019. He was commended for Chamber Concerto for the RAM Eric Coate’s Prize 2008 and won the Lunar Saxophone Quartet New Music Award 2007 with In Memoriam. More recently James was awarded the 2018 Nicola LeFanu Composition Prize.

His works have been performed by various ensembles including: Psappha; Aurora Orchestra; Österreichische Symphoniker; Hebrides Ensemble; London Sinfonietta; CoMA London; Manson Ensemble; Ensemble Firebird; Galliard Ensemble; Croatian Philharmonic Orchestra; Pula Symphony Orchestra; Lunar Saxophone Quartet; Delta Saxophone Quartet; Chimera Ensemble; SCAW Duo; Quatuor Diotima; Ligeti String Quartet; University of York Symphony Orchestra; Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra; Barry Webb; Rhodri Davis; Kate Harrison-Ledger; Mark Hutchinson; Souza Winds, Franko Bozac and Paul Evernden (Eos Ensembe). Broadcasts include BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and Hear and Now, Beethoven FM (Chile) and Radio 3 Beograd (Serbia).

James lives in Pocklington, York with his wife Jodie, daughter Agnes and Cat Wendy.