A descendant of the Wakka Wakka people from central southwest 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. Chris received a music scholarship to attend one of Australia’s leading secondary Schools, Matthew Flinders Anglican College. He furthered his studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music by completing a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Certificate in Performance.
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 held the position of principal trumpet with the Australian Youth Orchestra for two years and was on contract as second trumpet with the Tasmanian Symphony in 2009/10. He has played trumpet professionally with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony orchestra in London.
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. He has performed for the Prime Minister of Australia and the Prince of Wales and has been invited to perform for the Queen of England on two separate occasions.
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, Norway and the UK. In many of these countries he conducted workshops at various schools and institutions and was able to share about the Indigenous Australian Culture. While playing didgeridoo and trumpet he was also able to collaborate with other leading international musicians and Indigenous artists.