Todd Williams
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A versatile musician in high demand as an interpreter of modern and period horns, Todd Williams is an active freelance musician in the Philadelphia area, regularly performing a wide variety of musical styles.

Performances with modern instrument ensembles include the 38th Division Army Band, the Chamber Orchestra and Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, and the symphony orchestras of Allentown, Reading, Pottstown, Lancaster, Bay-Atlantic, and Delaware, to name just a few. In 2005 and 2008, he was 3rd horn of the Sarasota Opera Company (Sarasota, Florida) and since 2003, he remains the solo horn of the opera festival Lyrique-en-Mer, (Belle-Ile, France).

Equally comfortable on period instruments, he has appeared as soloist and principal horn with the Cambini Quintet, Philablaeser, Opera Lafayette, Washington Bach Consort, Tempesta di Mare, Concert Royal, Apollo’s Fire, NYS Baroque, Arcadia Players, Bach Collegium of Philadelphia, Dallas Bach Society, and BBE: Bach and Beethoven Ensemble. Summer festival participations include BEMF: Boston Early Music Festival, BLEMF: Bloomington Early Music Festival and the Connecticut Early Music Festival.

In addition to performing with classical ensembles, he is also seen performing Popular/Jazz engagements with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, City Rhythms, Frank Sinatra Jr., Peter Gabriel, Dave Brubeck, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, Anne Murray, Linda Ronstadt, The Irish Tenors, Anne Jillian, LeAnn Rimes, Clay Aiken, Il Divo, and others.

Notable conductors under which he has performed include Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Gerard Schwartz, Julius Rudel, Gunther Schuller, Frederick Fennel, David Effron, Stanley Ritchie, James Richman, Ryan Brown, and J. Reilly Lewis to name a few.

He’s performed in numerous major concert halls throughout the US including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC), the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Cathedral (Washington, DC), the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH), and Meyerson Symphony Hall (Dallas, TX). Recent engagements include invited performances at L’Opéra Royal at Le Château de Versailles, (Paris, France).

He has recorded for Naxos, Chandos/Chaconne, Musica Omnia, New World Records, Lyrichord, Warner Brothers, NASCAR Images, Vanguard, and the Milken Foundation. Aired radio broadcasts include live performances and recordings heard on Radio France (france musique), WQXR (New York), WETA (Washington, D.C.), WWFM (New Jersey), WRTI and WHYY (Philadelphia).

While maintaining a full performing schedule, Mr. Williams is also adjunct faculty of Horn at Kutztown University and Moravian College. With the Cambini Quintet (a period-instrument woodwind quintet), he has been a guest artist/lecturer at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Future engagements include appearances at the Eastman School of Music and Ithaca College. In 2005, he was invited to be a guest faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. Todd earned degrees on modern and period Horn from the Indiana University School of Music where he studied with Myron Bloom, Michael Hatfield, and Rick Seraphinoff. He received the Willi Apel Early Music Scholarship and was the premier recipient of the Philip Farkas Memorial Scholarship.

Press releases:

“...impressive horn playing” Gramophone, February 2012

“...the horn parts are quite thrilling, here played with formidable technique by Todd Williams...” International Record Review, January 2012

“...polished...” Baltimore Sun, January 2012

“...the musicians produced the quality performances their audiences have come to expect ... with [the] usual flair. But the scene-stealers on this out-going were the horn players, Todd Williams and...” Broad St. Review, Philadelphia, May 2011

“The voices of this B minor Mass were supported by an expert orchestra on baroque-period instruments. The refined orchestra and its luminous soloists played expressively and with artful technique." Washington Post, October 2010

“the two horns were especially impressive” Dallas News, September, 2010

“Performances were imposing and forthright, eschewing the polite tidiness of many baroque groups ... The horns came through with the magnetic tension that comes from doing so much with a seemingly primitive set of circular pipes.” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 2009

“Playing period instruments, the orchestra soloists displayed stunning virtuosity and sonic character, as in the silken glow of the flutes and the astounding skill of the valveless horn.” Washington Post, October 2009