A descendant of the Wakka Wakka people from Queensland, Australia, Trumpet and Didgeridoo player Chris Williams, was brought up with Indigenous Australian culture from an early age. Chris began learning the trumpet from the age of 10. He began to win local and National competitions including the National Champion of Champion title and from the age of 15 was invited to perform as a soloist with various ensembles including the Australian Army Band. He is now regarded as a versatile and talented trumpet player in both the classical and jazz genres. He has toured with various music ensembles to Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, England, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. He has also played trumpet professionally with 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 played trumpet professionally with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. 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 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). He was nominated for the Australian Freedman Fellowship award for Jazz in 2008 and for the Australian Young Achiever Award in 2007 and 2008.
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. 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