Llŷr Williams

Llŷr Williams – pianistLlyr Williams

Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams is widely admired for his profound musical intelligence, and for the expressive and communicative nature of his interpretations. An acclaimed performer of Beethoven, he has several complete sonata cycles under his belt, including at Wigmore Hall and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has also performed multi-recital series of the music of Schubert and Chopin. He regularly appears at all major UK recital venues and Festivals, including Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh Festival, and with the major UK orchestras; he has a particular relationship with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom he has in recent seasons performed concertos ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Bartók and Mathias.

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The 2021-22 season sees return engagements with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, as well as Llŷr Williams’ return to North America, with recitals for the Capital Region Classical series at Union College, Schenectady and Salle Bourgie in Montreal following highly successful debuts in both series in 2019. The season also includes Williams’ debut in Madrid at the Fundación Juan March, and the continuation of a 6-recital Chopin series at the Royal Welsh college of Music and Drama.

Despite the global pandemic which restricted live performance in 2020-21, Llŷr Williams performed a number of recitals for streaming and broadcast. In May 2020 a planned full Beethoven cycle at the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico was recorded as live by Signum Records from his home in Wrexham and streamed by the festival in eight broadcasts. In 2020-21 he also returned to Wigmore Hall for two streamed recitals, and he also recorded a number of performances for BBC Radio 3, both solo and with the BBC National orchestra of Wales.

Llŷr Williams’ discography reflects his long association with Signum Records; November 2020 saw the release of an 8-disc box-set ‘A Schubert Journey’. His previous release, the 12-disc ‘Beethoven Unbound’, was BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Recording of the Month’ in August 2018. Other recordings by Williams on Signum include a ‘Wagner Without Words’ double album (2014) and highlights from Liszt’s ‘Années de pèlerinage ‘(2012). He has also recorded William Mathias’ second Piano Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, as well as works by Welsh composers for the Tŷ Cerdd label.

A former BBC New Generation Artist and Borletti-Buitoni Trust award winner, Llŷr Williams was born in Pentrebychan, North Wales, and read music at The Queen’s College, Oxford before taking up a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and in 2017 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wales. He is also currently Artist-in-Association at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

November 2021

Nicolas Papageorgiou (Director)
Aude-Marie Auphan (Director)


Schubert: Fantasy Sonata in G, D894 & Sonata in C minor, D958
(Wigmore Hall, February 2021)
Mozart: Sonata in B-flat, K.333
(East Neuk Festival 2021)
Debussy: Reflets dans l’eau
(East Neuk Festival 2021)



Concerto list
  • Bartok
    Piano Concerto No3
  • Beethoven
  • Concertos 1-5
    Choral Fantasy
  • Berg
  • Chamber Concerto Op 8
  • Brahms
  • Piano Concerto No2 in B flat major Op83
  • Britten
  • Piano Concerto in D Major, Op 13
  • Carter
  • Dialogues for Piano and Orchestra
  • Chopin
  • Piano Concerto No1 in E minor, Op 11
    Piano Concerto No2 in F minor, Op21
  • Grieg
  • Piano Concerto in A minor, Op16
  • Liszt
  • Piano Concerto No1 in E flat major
  • Mathias
  • Piano Concerto no 2, op 13
    Piano Concerto no 3, op 40
  • Mendelssohn
  • Piano Concerto No1 in G minor
    Piano Concerto No2 in D minor
    Concerto for Violin, Piano & Orchestra
  • Mozart
  • Piano Concerto No12 in A major, K414
    Piano Concerto No14 in E flat major, K449
    Piano Concerto No 17 in G major, K453
    Piano Concerto No 18 in B flat major, K456
    Piano Concerto No 19 in F major, K459
    Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor, K466
    Piano Concerto No 21 in C Major K467
    Piano Concerto No 22 in E-flat Major K482
    Piano Concerto No 23 in A major, K488
    Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor, K491
    Piano Concerto No 25 in C major, K503
    Piano Concerto No 26 in D major, K537
    Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat major, K595
  • Rachmaninov
  • Piano Concerto No2 in C minor, Op18
    Piano Concerto No3 in D minor, Op30
    Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op43
  • Schoenberg
  • Piano Concerto
  • Schubert/Liszt
  • Wanderer Fantasy
  • Schumann
  • Piano Concerto in A minor, Op54
  • Shostakovich
  • Piano Concerto for No1 in C minor, Op35
    Piano Concerto No2 in F major, Op102
  • Tchaikovsky
  • Piano Concerto No1 in B-flat minor, Op23




Useful links

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

Signum Classics