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Carol Williams

  • Organist


Carol Williams press reviews
"Enviable technique, and plays with splendid aplomb."
(The Diapason)
"Dr. Williams plays with passion and imagination, eliciting sounds that are alternately grandiose, ethereal, exotic, and colorful....Her abundant technical facility is matched by her exemplary artistry."
(The American Organist, 2008)

"A flawless program...[playing] as glittery as the gown she wore." (The American Organist)

"A brilliant but iconoclastic Carol Williams...the hot-blooded artist who prefers to delight in the moment and wants to share it immediately with the audience...very irresistible and atypical concert." (Luxemburger Wort, Luxembourg, 2008)

"A virtuosic performance...A veteran of numerous performances at the outdoor Spreckels Pavilion, as well as recitals worldwide, Williams was right at home with the eclectic program, playing with brilliance in the Liszt, tenderness in the Cabena, playfulness in the Gershwin, and sheer enjoyment in the Kleive toccata." (The Diapason, review of performance at 2006 national AGO Convention, Chicago)

"A virtuoso's flair...out of the thundering masses of sound Williams produced delicate, flower-like arpeggiated figures that touched the spirit....Rarely does one hear Messiaen's strikingly original voice played so compellingly, so naturally."
(The Washington Post)

"Williams plays with verve and style and an innate musicality. More than technically excellent, her playing is artistic without being artsy...extremely enjoyable."
(The American Organist)

"A performance of epic proportions, in keeping with the artiste's already well-established reputation." (Keyboard Player, London)

"Electrifying...she quickly had the audience in the palm of her hand...a brilliant performance; clear, bright, authoritative playing...flowing,seamless performance--superb!" (The Organ, England)

"Williams takes Barrie by storm...flamboyant...magnificent."
(The Barrie Examiner, Canada)

"Rises to the challenges of her varied program with a transparent grace and lightness of touch that more than compensate for the somber colors of this fine old instrument."
(The American Organist)

"The delightful and extraordinarily talented artiste Carol Williams...truly stunning."
(Keyboard Player, London)

"The power of the organ unleashed...Carol Williams chatted easily with the audience, introducing most of the pieces herself in a warm, approachable manner...awe inspiring...some Broadway razzamatazz...suitably jubilant...controlled complexity and mayhem."
(The Straits Times, Singapore)