The Musical Growth of Patrick Williams
Flutist Patrick Williams’ love of music started young. Classical music was omnipresent in his childhood home, with his parents encouraging him to pursue it as a career and way of life. Williams learned how to play the piano at age five, and picked up the flute and violin a couple years later. The other instrument fell to the side when Williams decided to focus all of his talent and efforts on the flute. It worked out well. His first public performance was at the 1998 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Japan.
This gave his young career a major leg-up. And helped with his admission into the prestigious Interlochen Academy in Michigan, which he attended for three years during high school. It was here where he learned how to be "a better poet for the music and a better communicator."
After high school he was accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music. Today, Williams is continues his studies at Curtis under Philadelphia Orchestra Principal flute Jeffrey Khaner.
He says that in Philadelphia he is “growing as a flutist more than at any other time of my life and learning how to make my own way in the world.”