Graham Williams studied viola at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and studied composition privately with Richard Rodney Bennett.

He is a prolific composer and his works have received much critical acclaim both in the UK and overseas, as well as winning a number of prestigious awards. His orchestral works have been performed by orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish National Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and the City of London Sinfonia.

He has also composed a wide variety of chamber music for groups such as Lontano, the Leopold String Trio, the Brindisi, the Bingham and the Artea String Quartets and most recently the Carducci String Quartet. His works have been broadcast on Radio 3 and Classic FM.

His compositions have been premiered at a wide variety of venues including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square and at festivals including the Presteigne Festival, the New Music Festival Bangor and Aldeburgh Festival and internationally from Denmark to Japan and Chile.

Graham taught composition at the Academy from 2004 to 2010. He was also founder and artistic director of Music Past and Present, a chamber music series featuring a mix of classical and new commissions, which ran for 20 years.