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, while in May 2020 a planned full cycle at the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico was recorded as live by Signum Records from his home in Wrexham and broadcast by the Festival.

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2019 saw Williams returning to the Edinburgh Festival, as well as the Cowbridge festival where he is Artist-in-Residence, and the Gower Festival where he is a Patron, while in 2020 prior to lockdown he returned to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a recreation of Beethoven’s 1808 Vienna Concert, and gave all-Beethoven recitals in Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as for the Philadelphia Chamber Music society in the US. In October 2020, Williams returned to Wigmore Hall for two streamed recitals, while in the same month he completed his Cardiff series ‘Pictures in Music’ at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; 2021 sees the start there of an all-Chopin series spanning two seasons.

Williams’ eclectic repertoire is reflected in his discography; November 2020 saw the release of an 8-disc box-set ‘A Schubert Journey’ on Signum records. His previous release, the 12-disc ‘Beethoven Unbound’ also on Signum Records, was BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Recording of the Month’ in August 2018. 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.

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 2020

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


Videos

Schubert: Fantasy Sonata in G, D894 & Sonata in C minor, D958
(Wigmore Hall, February 2021)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata no.32, in C minor, op.111
(RWCMD, May 2017)

Reviews


Repertoire

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

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Links

Useful links

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

Signum Classics
www.signumrecords.com

Benjamin Ealovega Photography
www.benjaminealovega.com