Cordelia Williams


Cordelia Williams has been acclaimed as a pianist of “great power and delicate sensitivity”, drawing in audiences with her rich sound, natural eloquence and “spell-binding simplicity”. She has performed all over the world, including concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, in Mexico City, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and recitals at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Beijing Concert Hall. In December 2014 she made her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto at Barbican Hall, London and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

At the core of Cordelia’s musicality is a fascination with the human soul and the artistic expression of struggles and beliefs; alongside her performing career she gained a First in Theology from Clare College, Cambridge.  She is recognised for the poetry, conviction and inner strength of her playing and the depth and maturity of her interpretations. Cordelia 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 and she recorded music by Schumann in early 2015 for release this summer.

Cordelia’s curiosity towards religions and faith has led her to initiate and realise Messiaen 2015.  Following performances of the complete Vingt Regards in London, Lucerne and Cambridge during 2013, she became intrigued by the composer, his music and his inspiration. She  decided to commission work from Michael Symmons Roberts, Sophie Hacker and Lord Rowan Williams, collaborating with them in order to further explore and celebrate this masterpiece.

 “The spontaneity of the performances, as well as the beauty of the piano tone … linger in the mind.” (BBC Music Magazine)

“Unassuming mastery of the piano” (Classic FM)

A year of music, art, poetry and discussion exploring Messiaen's Vingt Regards