Roger Williams was a virtuoso pianist whose hit, Autumn Leaves was the greatest selling piano recording of all time and the only instrumental recording to reach number one on the Billboard charts, with more than 2 million sold. Roger Williams received 21 gold and platinum albums, including his hits Born Free, Impossible Dream, Maria, Till, Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love), Nadia’s Theme, and the movie soundtrack for Somewhere in Time.
Nick-named “Mr. Piano”, Williams was also proclaimed the “Pianist to the Presidents”, having performed for nine commander-in-chiefs at the White House. Known as an electrifying stage performer and an adept improviser, Williams effortlessly switched between musical styles and could touch any audience, from teenagers to senior citizens.
Photographed above at his piano, Williams was the only pianist Steinway & Sons has honored by designing a piano series, known as the “Roger Williams Limited Edition Gold Piano”. Williams was a “Steinway Artist” and the first pianist that Steinway & Sons honored with their “Steinway Lifetime Achievement Award”.