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Amy Williams

Amy Williams has appeared as a pianist and composer at renowned contemporary music venues in the United States, Australia and Europe, including Ars Musica (Belgium), Musikhšst (Denmark), Gaudeamus Musik Week (Netherlands), Festival Aspekte (Austria), Dresden New Music Days (Germany), Festival Musica Nova (Brazil), Music Gallery (Canada), Tanglewood, and LA County Museum. Her compositions have been performed by leading contemporary music soloists and ensembles, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Empyrean Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, California E.A.R. Unit, Monarch Brass, Ensemble Aleph, H2 Saxophone Quartet, Due East, Wet Ink Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Bent Frequency, Duo Diorama, Ensemble Dal Niente, pianists Ursula Oppens and Amy Briggs, and bassist Robert Black. Her works appear on CDs on the Navona, New Ariel and VDM labels. As a pianist, Ms. Williams has recorded for Mode and Hat-Art. She has received awards from ASCAP, the Thayer Award for the Arts, the American- Scandinavian Foundation, the 2002 Wayne Peterson Prize in Music Composition, the Howard Foundation and a 2009 Fromm Music Foundation Commission. She has held residencies at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany) and Bellagio Center (Italy). She holds a Ph.D. in composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she also received a Master's degree in piano performance. Her principal teachers were composers David Felder, Charles Wuorinen and Nils Vigeland and pianists Yvar Mikhashoff and Alan Feinberg. Before her current position as Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory at the University of Pittsburg she taught at Northwestern University and Bennington College.