Chris Williams

President & CEO

Chris Williams has devoted a lifetime to the arts in a multitude of roles including artist manager, contractor, composer, and performer. After studying viola performance as an undergraduate and earning a master of music degree from Yale University, Chris moved to New York and joined Frank Salomon Associates in the role of Artist Manager, where he served as an agent for prominent artists including Richard Goode, Sir Simon Rattle, Leon Fleisher and Jaime Laredo among others. He later took the role of Vice President at Judson Management Group representing a wide range of soloists and ensembles, including Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Attacca Quartet, James Galway, Christina & Michelle Naughton and Vadym Kholodenko. Chris most recently served as Executive Vice President for Concert Artists Guild, where he managed and promoted early career ensembles and soloists in the genres of classical music, new music, crossover and jazz.

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