D. Scot Williams


Headshot of Scot Williams standing next to his cello

D. Scot Williams


Scot joined the Knoxville Symphony in 1977, after receiving his Bachelor of Music Degree in cello performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York city. Since moving to Knoxville, he has performed with most of the regional orchestras in the East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia areas. He was a founding member of Farr Horizons, a local ensemble with two CDs and a PBS film score to their credit. He has been heard in numerous recital and solo settings and has appeared in the capacity of conductor for several benefit concerts performed by musicians of the Knoxville Symphony.

In addition to his own compositions, Scot has commissioned and premiered a number of pieces for solo cello, including the Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello (1996) by Robert Cronin, Sonata for Solo Cello (2016) by Wm. Harrell, Adoration (2017) by Lucas Richman, and Suite for Violoncello Solo (2018) by Jason Overall.

In 2017 he recorded a CD of contemporary solo cello music, comprised of pieces written for him as well as two of his own compositions. He recently completed recordings of the Bach Suites #1 and 3, with an expected release date of August 2019.

Scot is active in the choir of The Episcopal Church of the Ascension as well as a vocalist with Orison, a vocal ensemble specializing in plainsong and polyphony based on chant. By day, he is a professional cabinetmaker, designing and crafting a variety of custom woodwork, furniture and cabinetry, as well as pipe organs around the country ( He is an avid fly fisherman and has been recognized internationally for his fly tying abilities.

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