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, most recently at Wigmore Hall and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as well as a Concerto cycle with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. His acclaimed Beethoven cycle from Wigmore Hall was released as a 12-CD Box set, Beethoven Unbound on Signum Records in 2017

Highlights of 2018-19 include the continuation of a 5-recital exploration of the late works of Schubert in Cardiff, return invitations to Wigmore Hall and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the opening recital of the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series and Williams’ Canadian debut at Salle Bourgie in Montreal

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Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams is widely admired for his profound musical intelligence and the expressive and communicative nature of his interpretations. He has worked with orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Phiharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Meininger Hofkapelle, Berner Kammerorchester, and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. A regular performer in the Wigmore Hall’s main piano series, Williams has also appeared at the BBC Proms in London, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in the USA, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse and the Edinburgh International Festival. He is a regular performer at the East Neuk Festival in Scotland, and is currently Artist-in-Association at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Artist-in-Residence at the Cowbridge Festival in Wales.

Williams is an acclaimed performer of Beethoven with several complete piano sonata cycles under his belt. Following a successful first cycle in Perth, Williams subsequently performed a complete cycle during an epic two-week marathon in Edinburgh that won him the prestigious South Bank Show Award. He later completed two cycles as a nine-recital project at the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff between 2014 and 2017. In January 2017 he completed a successful collaboration with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in performances of all five Beethoven piano concerti.

The 2017-18 season included US debuts at the Union College Concert Series and the Friends of Chamber Music, Kansas City, as well as his Russian debut in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The season also included Williams’ return to the Newbury Spring and Swansea Festivals and marked the start of a five-recital exploration of late Schubert works at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. The 2018-19 season sees Llŷr Williams opening the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series, return invitations to Wigmore Hall and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as his Canadian debut at the Salle Bourgie in Montreal.

Llŷr Williams’ eclectic taste is reflected in his discography. April 2018 saw the release of ‘Beethoven Unbound’, a 12-CD Box set of the Wigmore Hall Beethoven cycle, on Signum Records, which was BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Recording of the Month’ in August 2018. His previous critically acclaimed CD, Wagner Without Words (Signum, August 2014) reflects Williams’ intimate relationship with operatic music. Other recordings by Williams include two solo albums for Signum, as well as William Mathias’ second Piano Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on Welsh label Tŷ Cerdd.

Born in Pentrebychan, North Wales, Llŷr Williams read music at The Queen’s College, Oxford and went on to take up a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music where he won every available prize and award. He is also 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 was an active member of the Live Music Now! scheme for several years, was selected for the Young Concert Artists Trust in 2002. From 2003-2005 he was a BBC New Generation Artist and in 2004 received a Borletti- Buitoni Trust award.

July 2018

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Videos


Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.32, in C minor, op.111
(RWCMD, May 2017)
00:00 Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato
09:20 Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.31, in A flat major, op.110
(RWCMD, May 2017)
00:00 Moderato cantabile, molto espressivo
07:20 Allegro molto
09:48 Adagio, ma non troppo

Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.30, in E major, op.109
(RWCMD, May 2017)
00:00 Vivace ma non troppo
04:10 Prestissimo
06:50 Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo


Liszt/Verdi
(St Gerorge’s Hall Liverpool, 2013)
00:00 Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert S434/R267
08:10 Il Trovatore: Miserere S433/R266

Reviews

Concert Dates

December 2018 - June 2019
Date & Time Venue Details
Saturday 15th December
19:30
Westmorland Hall
Kendal, UK

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto no.5 in E flat major, op.73 ‘Emperor’

Lakeland Sinfonia

conductor: Wyn Davies

Saturday 12th January
19:30
Petronas Philharmonic Hall
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, op.40

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

conductor: Gerard Salonga

Sunday 13th January
15:00
Petronas Philharmonic Hall
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, op.40

Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra

conductor: Gerard Salonga

Thursday 17th January
19:30
Borough Theatre
Abergavenny, UK

CHOPIN: Waltz in A flat major op.34 no.1
CHOPIN: Mazurka in A minor, op. 59 no. 1
CHOPIN: Mazurka in C-sharp minor, op.63 no.3
CHOPIN: Barcarolle, op.60
GRIEG: Lyric Pieces, selection
Interval
FAURE: Barcarolle No.4 in A-flat major, op.44
FAURE: Nocturne No.1 in E-flat minor, op.33 no.1
FAURE: Impromptu No.3 in A-flat major op.34
LISZT: Concert Étude in D-flat major, S.144 No.3, ‘Un Sospiro’
LISZT: Transcendental Étude S.139 No.3, in F major, ‘Paysage’
LISZT: Concert Étude in D-flat major, S.145 No.1, ‘Waldesrauschen’
LISZT: Transcendental Étude S.139 No.11 in D-flat major, ‘Harmonies du soir’
LISZT: Transcendental Étude S.139 No.10 in F minor, ‘Appassionata’

Thursday 31st January
19:30
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Cardiff, UK

SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in A minor, D.845
SCHUBERT/ LISZT: Die Post, S.561 No. 4 (from Winetrreise)
SCHUBERT/ LISZT: Der Lindenbaum, S.561 No.7 (from Winterreise)
Interval
SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in Bb major, D.960

Friday 8th February
19:30
Wigmore Hall
London, UK

RAVEL: Jeux d’eau
RAVEL: Noctuelles (from Miroirs)
RAVEL: La vallée des cloches (from Miroirs)
GRIEG: Lyric Pieces, selection
Interval
BRITTEN: Holiday Diary, op.5
LISZT: Concert Étude in D-flat major, S.144 No.3, ‘Un Sospiro’
LISZT: Transcendental Étude S.139 No.3, in F major, ‘Paysage’
LISZT: Concert Étude in D-flat major, S.145 No.1, ‘Waldesrauschen’
LISZT: Transcendental Étude S.139 No.11 in D-flat major, ‘Harmonies du soir’
LISZT: Transcendental Étude S.139 No.10 in F minor, ‘Appassionata’

Wednesday 20th February
19:30
La Salle Bourgie,
Montréal, Canada

RAVEL: Jeux d’eau
RAVEL: Noctuelles (from Miroirs)
RAVEL: La vallée des cloches (from Miroirs)
FAURE: Barcarolle No.4 in A-flat major, op.44
FAURE: Nocturne No.1 in E-flat minor, op.33 no.1
FAURE: Impromptu No.3 in A-flat major op.34
WAGNER/LISZT: Spinning Chorus from Flying Dutchman
WAGNER/LISZT: Fantasy on Themes from Rienzi
Interval
WAGNER: Sonata for the book of Mrs.M.W.
WAGNER/LISZT: O du mein holder Abendstern (Recitative and Romance) from Tannhauser
LISZT: Transcendental Étude S.139 No.11 in D-flat major, ‘Harmonies du soir’
LISZT: Transcendental Étude S.139 No.10 in F minor, ‘Appassionata’
WAGNER/LISZT: Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

Tuesday 19th March
19:30
Cadogan Hall
London, UK

MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, op.40

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton

Thursday 2nd May
19:30
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Cardiff, UK

DEBUSSY: Préludes, Book 1
GRIEG: Lyric Pieces, selection


Repertoire

Concerto list
  • Arensky A.
    Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky
  • 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

Discography


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Links

Useful links

Opus 3 Artists (management for North America)
http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/llyr-williams

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
www.rwcmd.ac.uk

Signum Classics
www.signumrecords.com

Benjamin Ealovega Photography
www.benjaminealovega.com