enhakē

(n. sound or call in Seminole Creek)

M. Brent Williams (www.mbrentwilliams.com) is thrilled to join the faculties of Fort Lewis College as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola in 2014 and Music in the Mountains Conservatory starting in the summer of 2015.  He has also been appointed Concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony Orchestra, will join the Red Shoe Piano Trio, and will continue as Concertmaster of the Albany Symphony Orchestra (GA). A dedicated chamber musician, he is the violinist/violist of enhakē (www.enhake.com) who collectively won the Grand Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the 3rd International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, and were finalists at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa (Japan). They have been praised for their "playing of the very highest caliber" (Fanfare) and "keen instinct for exciting programmes" (BBC Music Magazine). The group's 2010 Carnegie Hall recital was lauded for its "rock solid rhythmic integrity...strengths in balance, intonation, and musicality" and described as a "polished, yet spontaneous performance" (The New York Concert Review). Williams has also collaborated with artists as diverse as the award-winning Sima Trio and guitarist Oren Fader to zheng virtuoso Haiqiong Deng and Brazilian musician Welson Tremura. Additionally, his arrangements of tangos and choros have been performed in Japan, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, France, Turkey, and across the US. Williams received his DM and MM from Florida State University and his BMA from the University of Oklahoma. He has recorded for the Naxos, Koch, Emeritus, Barsuk, Pias America, Alchemist, Nub and Engine Shed record labels.