Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Throughout her tenure with the Orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. She has also collaborated with guest artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, André Previn, Lynn Harrell and Pinchas Zukerman in numerous chamber music performances. Her solo in The Swan on the Pittsburgh Symphony’s recording of Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns was described by Grammophon critic Edward Greenfield as “…the most memorable performance of all.”
Mrs. Williams divides her time between the orchestra, teaching at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities, and solo and chamber music performances in America, Europe and the Far East. Mrs. Williams has appeared in several nationally televised productions including “Concertos,” produced by the BBC and “Previn and the Pittsburgh,” produced by WQED. She also is a member of the Carnegie-Mellon Trio, which performs throughout the United States.
Anne Martindale Williams has given master classes at many universities and festivals throughout the country, including SUNY at Stony Brook, Manhattan School of Music, the National Orchestral Institute, Aspen and the Masterworks festivals. She also enjoys performing at many of America’s prestigious summer music festivals including Aspen, Caramoor, Skaneateles, Maui, Rockport, Grand Teton, Strings in the Mountains, and Mainly Mozart in San Diego.
Anne Martindale Williams has performed as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in Schumann’s Concerto in A minor, Tippett’s Triple Concerto, Previn’s Reflections, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 and 6, Strauss’s Don Quixote, Bloch’s Schelomo, Dvorák’s Cello Concerto, Dutilleux’s Tout un monde lointain, Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 1 and Brahms’ Double Concerto, as well as Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet. In recent seasons she was featured in Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Cello, Oboe, Bassoon and Orchestra, and Walton’s Cello Concert.
Mrs. Williams is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Orlando Cole. Her Tecchler cello was made in Rome in 1701. Her husband, Joe, is the Director of Student Ministries at Beverly Heights United Presbyterian Church. They reside in Pittsburgh with their daughter, Claire.