Winner of the 2018 Albert H Maggs Award in Composition
Natalie Williams has won the 2018 Albert H Maggs Composition Award for her work Saudade (2015) for string octet. The Maggs Award is provided as a commission for the creation of a new musical work of a substantial nature.
The judging panel commented, 'Saudade, by Natalie Williams, is a major work for string octet of convincing voice and energy. Right from the arresting opening, the work shows strong harmonic and rhythmic control over engaging material. It is finely crafted for string octet, a combination that Williams beautifully brings to life. The panel looks forward to hearing the new work that she will write as part of the Albert H Maggs commission.'
New work performed by Ensemble Liaison (Melbourne)
Quintets with Friends, Melbourne Recital Centre, 29 August, 2019
Australian composer Natalie Williams has also written an exciting new work especially for Ensemble Liaison exploring rapid ‘staircases’ of sound with cross rhythms of confusion and debate… a exciting and dramatic evening of passionate music.
Australian Capital Territory, Instrumental Work of the Year (2016)
Natalie’s string octet Saudade (2015) wins the ACT instrumental work of the year at the Australian Music Centre, Art Music Awards in Sydney. The work was commissioned by Musica Viva Australia and premiered in 2015 in Sydney for the Musica Viva Festival, by the Pavel Hass Quartet (Czech Republic) and the Doric String Quartet (UK).