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Ifan Williams

Years of Residency: 1970-1973

Portrait of Ifan Williams


Ifan Williams, born on 10 July 1945 in Halifax NS, is a cellist and teacher. He is the son of violinist who also named Ifan Williams. Studied with Edward Bisha during 1958-64 and at the Manhattan School of Music during 1964-66, he played at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada during 1961-62, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1967, New Philharmonia of London in 1968 and London Symphony Orchestra in 1969.

Upon his return to Canada in 1970, he came to UNB, became the first resident cellist in Canadian universities, and was the cellist for the UNB Pach String Quartet for 3 year. In the meantime, he was also the pricipal cello of Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and Startford Ensemble.

After leaving UNB, he played in chamber groups such as Classical Quartet of Montreal, Musica Camerata Montreal, and Canadian Chamber Ensemble. He has also a professor of cello at Mount Allison University and the Ecole Normale de Musique in Montreal, director of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and the Musique Royal and Opera Nova Scotia. Recently, he has been performing with Nova Sinfonia and is a member of the Perseus Trio.

Listen to Ifan Williams

Performing in The Perseus Trio, 6 Dec 2017

Information from The Canadian Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, Nova Sinfonia, and UNB Archives. Top photo courtesy of UNB Archives, PR, Series 4, No.303.

Last Updated: June 28, 2018 by Yiyang Shi