Gordon Williamson, composer

About me

Gordon Williamson (b. 1974, Ottawa) is a Canadian composer currently based in Hannover, Germany. Recent activities include commissions and performances by Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Swedish Radio Choir, International Ensemble Modern Academy, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal+, Asian Art Ensemble, handwerk, Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Kairos Quartet, as well as artist residencies at Künstlerhof Schreyahn, Schloss Wiepersdorf in Germany, the Styria Artist-in-Residence Program (Graz) and the Centre Récollets (Paris).

The recipient of several awards and prizes for his work, Williamson most recently been awarded a 2017 Casa Baldi Residency (Germany Academy in Rome). Further recognitions include prizes from the 2014 C4 Ensemble (New York) and the Esoterics in Seattle, a 2012 prize at the Südwestdeutsche Rundfunk (SWR) Orchestra Workshop in 2012, young composer awards from CBC/Radio-Canada, SOCAN and ASCAP as well as grants and artist stipends from the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony and the Canada Council for the Arts. The Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, CBC/Radio-Canada, SWR and the Canada Council for the Arts have all commissioned works from him and his music has been broadcast over the radio across Europe and North America.

Gordon Williamson studied composition at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, and Dalhousie University, and his main teachers were Johannes Schöllhorn, Sven-David Sandström, Bent Sørensen, Hans Abrahamsen and David Dzubay. He has taught composition at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover since 2010 and since October, 2015 he is Guest Professor of Composition and Director of the Incontri Institute for New Music. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Hannover Society for New Music (HGNM) and his works have been published by Edition Gravis (Berlin) since 2012.

September, 2016