Jonathan Williams enjoys working 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. His work at Abbey Road studios can be heard on NOVELLO and BAFTA award-winning orchestral soundtracks with sales of over 70 million copies. Last year he composed award-winning choral music for Sony’s blockbuster video game, Horizon Zero Dawn. 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 and recorded by Jonathan and the OAE. He subsequently founded the Rameau Project and was at the forefront of the UK celebrations during Rameau’s anniversary year in 2014, performing three Rameau operas at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, again with the OAE.
Most recently, Jonathan has stood in for Sir Simon Rattle to rehearse Bruckner’s Symphony no. 6, assisted Sir Roger Norrington in a Beethoven programme, and conducted Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Cadogan Hall in London, Rameau’s Les fêtes d’Hébé in Paris and London, and Dardanus with English Touring Opera.
Future projects include co-editing a volume on Rameau’s life and work, taking a Rameau workshop at the Utrecht Early Music Festival and conducting a concert of Elgar, Fauré and Finzi with the English Chamber Orchestra.