Sarah-Grace Williams has been continually celebrated for her interpretation by the press: “In the hands of Williams this work became a tour de force of exceptional poise, eloquence and atmosphere” (Sydney Arts Guide)… “Williams succeeds in creating very pioneering and open soundscapes, creating an attractive new interpretative world” (Arts Hub)…”Outstanding conductor, Williams, is able to draw out the musicality in of each player and weld them into a wonderful orchestra with a great sound” (Paul Nolan).
A Churchill Fellow, Sarah-Grace Williams is the Founding Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of The Metropolitan Orchestra. Boasting an impressive conducting career, she has also conducted the Queensland, Adelaide, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Bangalow Festival Orchestra, Queensland Music Festival Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists and the ‘Synthony’ Orchestra amongst others. Additionally, Sarah-Grace is the Artistic Director of the Aspire International Youth Music Festival and has held positions as Musical Director of the Sydney Opera House Babies Proms, Stager Conductor at the Ukraine National Opera and Ballet Theatre and Conducting Fellow of the Australian Ballet.
Sarah-Grace has received constant recognition for her significant achievements including being awarded the 2017 Western Sydney University Alumni Chancellors Leadership Award (the highest honour the awards bestow), announced on the 2013 International Women’s Day Honour Roll for her outstanding achievements and contribution to the community, while also being hailed by Limelight Magazine to be amongst ‘10 of the Best Women Conductors – trailblazing talent leading the way for women conductors all over the world’.
Over the past decade, Sarah-Grace has conducted more than 500 performances and has collaborated with an impressive list of internationally renowned artists including José Carreras, Elaine Paige, Jack Liebeck, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa Gasteen, Anthony Warlow, James Morrison, Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano, David Helfgott and John Farnham, amongst others. In 2019 she conducted the Australian and New Zealand concert tours of Basement Jaxx and Air Supply, both with TMO. After the better part of a year being off stage due to the Covid Pandemic, Sarah-Grace is thrilled to have a very active conducting schedule for 2021. In addition to her TMO conducting commitments, she is also leading the Australian tours of ‘Synthony – A Celebration of Dance Music with Orchestra’, ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, amongst other events.
Listed in the Who’s Who of Australian Women since 2011, Sarah-Grace received her Bachelor of Music with a First Class Honours in 1998, before continuing conducting studies in Russia. She feels privileged to have had Alexander Polishchuk (Russia) and Johannes Fritzsch (Australia) as her primary conducting mentors.
Her proudest achievement to date is the birth of her daughter Scarlett Grace in 2014, with her husband and TMO Managing Director, Bevan Rigato.