Recipient of both a 2020 Undergraduate Teaching Award and a 2020 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award from Florida State University, Associate Professor of Piano Heidi Louise Williams joined the Florida State University College of Music in 2007. Her growing roster of graduate and undergraduate students have won prizes regionally, nationally, and internationally, and are actively gaining employment in teaching and performing roles in the United States and abroad. Williams completed the BM, MM, and DMA degrees at the Peabody Institute, where she studied with Ann Schein and coached chamber music with Earl Carlyss, Samuel Sanders, Stephen Kates, and Robert McDonald. She is artist-faculty for the MasterWorks Summer Music Festival, festival pianist for the Sunriver Music Festival, and has also taught at the Interharmony International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy.
Praised by New York critic Harris Goldsmith for her ‘impeccable soloistic authority’ and ‘dazzling performances,’ Professor Williams has appeared in solo and collaborative performances across North America and internationally, having won numerous prizes. Her Albany Records solo album, Drive American, was named among the top 10 classical albums of 2011 in the Philadelphia City Paper, featured in Fanfare’s 2012 Critics’ Want Lists, and has been described as ‘veritably operatic,’ ‘bold yet thoughtful,’ ‘provocative and stimulating’ (Fanfare), possessing ‘…the muscularity and poetic power to bring this demanding repertory to life’ (American Record Guide). Her 2019 Albany Records solo release Beyond the Sound has also been selected for Fanfare’s Critics’ Want Lists, described by British music critic Colin Clarke: “Brilliant programming meets performances of fire…this is a significant release from all angles.” An avid chamber musician, Williams has collaborated with numerous outstanding American and international artists. She has also recorded for the Naxos and Neos labels.
Professor Williams maintains a personal website at: www.heidilouisewilliams.com.