Kirsten Williams

Head of Faculty: Strings

Kirsten is Concertmaster of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (since 2019) and a distinguished guest lecturer in violin and orchestral technique at ANU’s School of Music.

She has been a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra as Associate Leader, and guest concertmaster of the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Kirsten was the Associate Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2019.

 

As a soloist, she has appeared with the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Neuchatel Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonische Akademie Bern, as well as the Metropolitan Orchestra, ACO and the West Australian, Queensland and Sydney symphony orchestras. 

 

Kirsten Williams studied with Alice Waten at the Sydney Conservatorium and graduated with a High Distinction in the Performers Diploma. She then studied with Igor Ozim in Switzerland before joining the first violins in the Royal Opera House Orchestra at Covent Garden and spending two years with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

 

A dedicated teacher, Kirsten is patron of the Goulburn Strings Project and has had a long involvement with the string faculty at Hume Conservatorium.