Marc Dana Williams (conductor), a native of Los Angeles, resides in Paris where he works with the French conductor Pierre Boulez. He conducts various ensembles regularly on the East Coast of the United States, making his Carnegie Hall debut last season leading the New York–based contemporary music ensemble Second Instrumental Unit, of which he is co-director and principal conductor. He is currently on the conducting staff at the Spoleto Festival USA, where he begins his fourth year as associate conductor.
At Spoleto, Mr. Williams has conducted concerts of both traditional and contemporary repertoire, appearing on a number of the festival’s concert series. He has also assisted on several opera productions, ranging from the American premiere of Walter Braunfels' "Die Vögel", under Julius Rudel, to Mozart's "Don Giovanni", under Emmanuel Villaume. In 2007, he will assist on the American premiere of Pascal Dusapin's "Faustus, The Last Night", under the baton of John Kennedy.
Mr. Williams has served as music director of l’Orchestre de Sciences-Po (Paris) and Ventura College Opera (California) and has served as principal guest conductor of l’Ensemble Musique Contemporaine Brésilienne (Bordeaux, France) and the Colorado Britten Society (Denver.) He has been an assistant or associate conductor with l’Opéra national de Paris, the Santa Barbara Symphony and Opera Santa Barbara.
He continues to garner acclaim with performances in New York, including concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, The Stone, and Symphony Space. Mr. Williams regularly guest conducts the Wet Ink Ensemble, Queens College New Music Group and the Columbia Composers Collective, among others. He also serves as a frequent guest with the American Composers Alliance, having led concerts on both the 2006 and 2007 American Composers Alliance Festivals.
On the West Coast, he founded the “Rescue Music Project” and the UCSB Pierrot Ensemble, both dedicated to the promotion of new repertoire. Mr. Williams participated in conducting workshops with Pierre Boulez, Franz Welser-Möst, Gustav Meier and Larry Rachleff, in addition to his formal conducting studies with Harold Farberman and Heiichiro Ohyama. He has also been a conducting fellow at the Internationalen Ferienkursen für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. He has earned degrees in music and law from the University of California, Bard College, and The Juilliard School.