Carter Williams (b. 1976)
As a composer and performer, Carter Williams focuses on new and experimental music. His work draws inspiration form the interaction between media, technology, performers and audiences. As a performer, he is committed to revival of the viola d’amore, and he has premiered numerous new compositions for the instrument. His work has been featured at major international festivals and new music centers.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Carter Williams studied composition at Rice University in Houston. In 2003, he completed his Ph.D. at the State University of New York in Buffalo. His composition teachers included Erik Oña and David Felder, and he studied Computer music with Cort Lippe and Richard Dudas. In Summer 2003, he attended the stage de composition et d’informatique musicale at Ircam in Paris. He is still active in academia and teaches at the University of Cologne.