Stefan Williams


Photos by Matt Dine


Brevard Music Center, 2014; Aspen Music Festival, 2022

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century?

A much more casual, relaxed environment akin to concerts of other genres

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most?

Any of the Romantics like Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, or Strauss

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it?

Schoenberg arranged Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1 for orchestra. It’s evocative of both of the composers in the best ways possible, while everyone in the orchestra gets something fun to do at some point.

Favorite non-classical musician or band

Stereolab, Caravan Palace

If you could play another instrument, what would it be?

Probably the oboe

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us

I have aphantasia, so my ability to visualize is extremely limited.