Louise Williams studied violin at the Royal Academy of Music with Manoug Parikian and at the Juilliard School in New York with Ivan Galamian. She then became a founder member of the Endellion Quartet as its second violinist. After five years, she left music for a while to study organic horticulture in England and meditation in India.
On her return to music she switched to viola and joined the Chilingirian Quartet, where she remained for more than 5 years until the birth of her 3 children. Despite working only part-time since then, she was a member of the Raphael Ensemble and is currently in the Frith piano quartet. She has played many times as a guest with the Takacs Quartet and the Nash Ensemble, and was the regular quintet partner of the Lindsays for 10 years until their retirement in 2005.
Louise also enjoys playing in Andras Schiff’s orchestra Cappella Andrea Barca, attending the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove every year, and occasionally joining UK orchestras as guest principal. Among her recordings are the complete Bartok and Dvorak Quartets with the Chilingirian Quartet, Mozart and Beethoven quintets with the Lindsays, Mendelssohn Quintets with the Raphael Ensemble and three CDs of British music for viola and piano with David Owen Norris. Louise is a viola professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff.