Colin Williams was appointed principal trombone of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2002. Mr. Williams took a strong interest in music in high school, where he studied with Douglass Wright.
He later continued his education at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, where his primary teachers included David Finlayson and Joseph Alessi. Prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony, Mr. Williams played for three seasons with the San Antonio Symphony.
Mr. Williams is an active soloist and chamber musician. In 2003, he made his solo debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra playing Creston’s Fantasy for Trombone. Mr. Williams has been a guest soloist with the U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), the U.S. Military Academy Band, the Georgia Brass Band, the Atlanta Wind Ensemble, the Juilliard Orchestra, the JMU Brass Band and the San Antonio Symphony.
Mr. Williams has also participated in numerous festivals, including the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa in Matsumoto, Japan, the Grand Teton Music Festival under Donald Runnicles, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Williams has also collaborated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has performed as guest principal of the New York Philharmonic.