About

Jonathan Williams conducting the musicians of St Hilda's College, Oxford

Jonathan Williams enjoys an enviable reputation working at the highest level as a conductor, composer and musicologist. Equally at home performing live or in the studio, he has conducted such groups as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. As Orchestral Director of Nimrod Productions, his work at Abbey Road studios can be heard on NOVELLO and BAFTA award-winning orchestral soundtracks with sales of over 70 million copies. A professor at GSMD from 1994 to 2004, Jonathan is now the Director of College Music at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and tutor and examiner of Orchestration at Oxford University.

Jonathan’s love of the operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau took him to undertake doctoral work at Oxford; his edition of Rameau’s Anacréon (1754) was subsequently published by Bärenreiter and given its première by Jonathan and the OAE in 2012. He subsequently founded the Rameau Project and was at the forefront of the UK celebrations during Rameau’s anniversary year in 2014, with performances on the Southbank with the OAE of three Rameau operas.

Most recently, Jonathan has stood in for Sir Simon Rattle to rehearse Bruckner’s Symphony no. 6, assisted Sir Roger Norrington, performed the ‘Christmas’ Oratorio in London, conducted Rameau’s Les fêtes d’Hébé in Paris and London, and composed the vocal music for Sony’s blockbuster video game, Horizon Zero Dawn.

Future projects include co-editing a volume on Rameau’s life and work, and conducting Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in London and Rameau’s Dardanus with English Touring Opera.