Floyd Williams

Floyd Williams is Senior Lecturer in Clarinet at the Queens land Conservatorium Griffith University. He retired from the full-time position in 2006, but continues to teach and perform as a member of the part-time staff.

He has recorded for Move Records, Custom Fidelity, Crystal Records, ABC Classics, Jade Records and Vox Australis. His former students occupy positions in several major symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand. Mr. Williams’ principal teachers were Harold Wright (Boston Symphony Orchestra), Robert McGinnis (New York Philharmonic) and Richard Waller (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra).

In recent years he has performed and taught in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Hanoi, Europe and the United States and has been guest lecturer and recitalist at Indiana University (USA), the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), National Conservatory, Hanoi and the Rotterdam Conservatory. He has been a regular guest at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in recent years, and presented a recital and several master classes at the Shanghai International Clarinet Festival in 2003. He presented a recital of Australian music at the 2007 ClarinetFest in Vancouver.

Floyd is Founding Editor of Australian Clarinet and Saxophone magazine, and was Conference Director for the 1991, 1997 and 2002 Australasian Clarinet and Saxophone Conferences. He is also vice-president of the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone Society and Australian liaison for the International Clarinet Association.

In March, 2010, his new CD “Old Wine, New Bottles” was released on Move Records (www.move.com.au). His previous CD for Move (Dreamtracks) features music by Australian composers.

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