A native of British Columbia, Paul Williamson currently studies at the University of Manitoba where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under Dr. David Moroz.  An award winner at local, provincial, and national competitions, Paul received first place in the piano category at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals' National Music Festival in Kelowna, 2014.  He has participated in masterclasses with John Perry, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Andre Laplante, Lee Kum-Sing, Marc Durand, and others attending summer festivals including Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival, Orford Arts Centre and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.

In his first year of studies, Paul won the school's annual concerto competition and received first prize in the Lawrence Genser Scholarship Competition.  He performed as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, and the Fraser Valley Symphony Orchestra with whom he will be a returning performer later in the 2016-2017 season.

Semi-final Programme
Piano-Soleil, from Six Themes Solaires D. Gougeon
Sonata in F Major, K. 445 D. Scarlatti
Sonata in F Minor, K. 69 D. Scarlatti
Sonata in F Major, K. 82 D. Scarlatti
Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1 F. Chopin
Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasica quasi sonata F. Liszt
Final Programme
Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jesus O. Messiaen
X. Regard de l’Esprit de joie
Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 L. van Beethoven
I. Allegro
II. Minuetto. Allegro
III. Presto
Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 36 (1931 edition) S. Rachmaninoff
I. Allegro agitato
II. Non Allegro
III. Allegro molto