Conservatory Chamber Music Faculty
Conservatory Horn Minor Faculty
Chair, Preparatory Brass & Winds Department
Director, Adult & Continuing Education (ACE)
Larry Williams has distinguished himself as a multifaceted musician whose artistry led the late Philip Farkas, former principal horn of the Chicago Symphony and master teacher, to describe him as "an outstanding artist-soloist with fine tone, excellent intonation, superb accuracy, and superior musicianship."Ebony Magazine listed Mr. Williams as one of the "50 Leaders of Tomorrow," and the Maine Sunday Telegram described Mr. Williams as "a phenomenally good horn player, with the brilliance for solo work and the ear to blend perfectly with a string quartet that has been playing together for years."
Mr. Williams is currently artistic director and principal horn of the American Studio Orchestra, principal horn of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, and member of The Lyric Brass Quintet and The Philadelphia Big Brass. Mr. Williams formerly served as principal horn of the New World Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Michael Tilson Thomas, and has performed with the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. His wide range of musical styles include: solo and chamber repertoire, jazz, pop, contemporary, gospel, film, and commercial music. Mr. Williams has toured and performed with jazz and popular music greats: Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, and Arturo Sandoval.
Mr. Williams has served as the King/Parks/Chavez Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. He won first prize at the "Catch The Rising Stars" solor recital competiion and second prize at the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. Mr. Williams has also performed as a soloist at the Peabody Conservatory commencement ceremony.
Larry Williams is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician and performs exclusively on Yamaha Custom Horns.