Gail Williams

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A member of the Sarasota Music Festival faculty since 2012

Gail Williams is an internationally recognized hornist and brass pedagogue. She has presented concerts, master classes, recitals, and lectures throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. After 20 years with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Williams is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. She is currently principal horn of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra and has recently performed on a number of prestigious chamber music series. Williams is one of the founding members of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and Summit Brass. In addition to her eight recordings with Summit Brass, Williams can be heard on four solo recordings, two of which are available on Summit Records. The recordings feature compositions by Beethoven, John McCabe, Jan Koetsier, Dana Wilson, Mozart, and Brahms, in addition to works for horn and percussion by Alec Wilder and Charles Taylor. Williams has commissioned many works for horn by composers Dana Wilson, Anthony Plog, Douglas Hill, and Augusta Read Thomas. Her latest solo recording, Horn Muse, features commissions from Plog, Wilson, and Hill and is available on CD Baby. Williams is the horn professor at Northwestern University, where she has been on faculty since 1989. Her awards include Ithaca College's Young Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctoral degree, also from Ithaca College. In May 2005, Williams was given the Charles Deering McCormick Professors of Teaching Excellence award by Northwestern University. In Fall 2004, Williams traveled to Japan to perform with the Saito Kinen Orchestra under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. In 2005 and from 2007 to 2019, Williams performed with the World Orchestra for Peace, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Williams has performed as solo horn with Dallas Symphony and in Fall 2015, she toured with the Cleveland Orchestra as guest principal horn.