Assistant Principal Viola – Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Tinalley String Quartet
Australian Hometown(s): Albury & Sydney
Education: University of Melbourne
Justin Williams is the Assistant Principal Viola with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2009 (and was Acting Associate Principal from 2011 to mid-2012), and a core player in the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
He is the violist in the Tinalley String Quartet, which won the Ninth Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2007. He has performed with Tinalley throughout Australia, North America, Britain and Europe, with highlights including performances in the chamber halls of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Vienna Musikverein, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Vancouver Academy of Music, as well as the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre. He has also performed as guest violist with the Australian String Quartet and the Muir String Quartet, and with many of Australia’s leading chamber musicians.
Originally from Albury, New South Wales, Justin Williams completed a master’s degree in performance at the University of Melbourne. He has also studied with members of the St Lawrence Quartet, Tokyo Quartet, Emerson Quartet, Schoenberg Quartet, Keller Quartet and the Takács Quartet, as well as William Hennessy, Caroline Henbest and Brett Dean.
His performances have been broadcast in Australia on ABC Classic FM, 3MBS (Melbourne) and 5MBS (Adelaide), and internationally on CBC Canada, SRW2 and HR2 Kultur (Germany), Radio France and Public National Radio, The Netherlands.
Last updated 2019