A descendant of the Wakka Wakka people from Queensland, Australia, Trumpet and Didgeridoo player Chris Williams, began his music studies from an early age. He has toured with various music ensembles through Europe and Asia and has also played trumpet professionally with the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, and several of Australia’s professional orchestras. Chris was principal trumpet with the Australian Youth Orchestra for two years and has been on contract with the Tasmanian Symphony and as Principal Trumpet with Hong Kong Sinfonietta. He has appeared as guest principal trumpet with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Chris has performed as a trumpet soloist with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, the Queensland Pops Orchestra and the Australian Army Band. He was nominated for the Australian Freedman Fellowship award for Jazz and for the Australian Young Achiever Award twice.
He has recorded (trumpet) for ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) television and ABC Jazz and Classical Labels, and has been involved in numerous live to air broadcasts with ABC Classic FM in Australia both as a soloist and part of various ensembles. (Jazz and Classical).
As a didgeridoo soloist he has performed in various countries including Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Australia, Ireland, France, Austria, The UK, Italy, The Holy See, South Africa and Israel. In many of these countries he conducted workshops at various schools and institutions and was able to share about the Indigenous Australian Culture.
He studied his Master’s degree in Classical Trumpet Performance at the Royal College of Music in London.
Other performance highlights include:
- 2012 Solo Didgeridoo. Buckingham Palace
- 2015 Solo Didgeridoo. Westminster Abbey. 100 year ANZAC Centenary. (Queen in attendance)
- 2015 Recital in Vienna. Trumpet and Didgeridoo
- 2017 Performed through South Africa as part of the Queens Baton Relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games
- 2018 Solo Didgeridoo performance at the Vatican
- 2019 Solo Didgeridoo. Israel