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.

The 2019-20 season sees Llŷr Williams continuing his collaboration with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, as well as his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. Williams also returns to the Edinburgh Festival in August 2019, while for the Beethoven anniversary season he will offer a complete sonata cycle at the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico and partial cycles in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

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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 Philharmonic, 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 2018-19 season included his debut with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and returns to the Royal Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales as well as a highly successful Canadian recital debut at Salle Bourgie in Montreal, with the critic of Le Devoir describing Williams as ‘un secret trop bien gardé’. The 2019-20 season sees Llŷr Williams continuing his collaboration with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, as well as his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. Williams also returns to the Edinburgh Festival in August 2019, while for the Beethoven anniversary season he will offer a complete sonata cycle at the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico and partial cycles in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

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.

June 2019

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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

November 2019 - July 2020
Date & Time Venue Details
Thursday, 7 November
19:00
Small Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory
Moscow, Russia

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.1, in F minor, op.2 no.1
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.3, in C major, op.2 no.3
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.2, in A major, op.2 no.2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.23, in F minor, op.57 ‘Appassionata’

Sunday, 10 November
15:00
Perth Concert Hall
Perth, UK

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.1, in F minor, op.2 no.1
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.3, in C major, op.2 no.3
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.2, in A major, op.2 no.2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.23, in F minor, op.57 ‘Appassionata’

Tuesday, 17 December
19:00
Small Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonia, Russia

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.12, in A flat major, op.26 ‘Funeral March’
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.9, in E major, op.14 no.1
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.10, in G major, op.14 no.2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.13, in E flat major, op.27 no.1 ‘Quasi una Fantasia’
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata n o.14, in C sharp minor, op.27 no.2 ‘Moonlight’

Wednesday, 18 December
Time TBA
Small Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory
Moscow, Russia

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.12, in A flat major, op.26 ‘Funeral March’
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.9, in E major, op.14 no.1
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.10, in G major, op.14 no.2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.13, in E flat major, op.27 no.1 ‘Quasi una Fantasia’
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.14, in C sharp minor, op.27 no.2 ‘Moonlight’

Sunday, 19 January
16:30/19:30
St David’s Hall
Cardiff, UK

BEETHOVEN: Fantasia in G minor, op.77
BEETHOVEN: Choral Fantasy, op.80

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

conductor: Jaime Martín

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

RAVEL: Jeux d’eau
RAVEL: Noctuelles (from Miroirs)
RAVEL: La vallée des cloches (from Miroirs)
DEBUSSY: Clair de lune, from “Suite Bergamasque”
DEBUSSY: Cloches à travers les feuilles, for piano, L. 120/1 (111/1)
DEBUSSY: L’isle joyeuse
ALBENIZ: Iberia (excerpts)

Wednesday, 19 February
Time TBA
Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
Moscow, Russia

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.5, in C minor, op.10 no.1
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.11, in B flat major, op.22
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.22, in F major, op.54
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.21, in C major, op.53 ‘Waldstein’

Thursday, 20 February
19:00
St Petersburg Philharmonia Society
St Petersburg, Russia

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.5, in C minor, op.10 no.1
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.11, in B flat major, op.22
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.22, in F major, op.54
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.21, in C major, op.53 ‘Waldstein’

Saturday, 22 – Sunday, 23 February The Castle Hotel
Taunton, UK

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.28, in A major, op.101
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.27, in E minor, op.90
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.30, in E major, op.109
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.32, in C minor, op.111
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.31, in A flat major, op.110

In collaboration with Martin Randall Travel

Thursday, 2 April
Time TBA
Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
Moscow, Russia

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.6, in F major, op.10 no.2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.7, in D major, op.10 no.3
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.29, in b flat major, op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’

Friday, 3 April
19:00
St Petersburg Philharmonia Society
St Petersburg, Russia

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.6, in F major, op.10 no.2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.7, in D major, op.10 no.3
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.29, in b flat major, op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’

Thursday, 30 April
19:30
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Cardiff, UK

TCHAIKOVSKY: Selection from ‘The Seasons’
PROKOFIEV: Visions fugitives, op.22
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

Sunday, 10 – Thursday, 21 May Guadalajara and Zapopan, Mexico

Complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas

Festival Cultural de Mayo

Monday, 1 June
19:00
St Petersburg Philharmonia Society
St Petersburg, Russia

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.1, in F minor, op.2 no.1
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.3, in C major, op.2 no.3
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.2, in A major, op.2 no.2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.23, in F minor, op.57 ‘Appassionata’

Thursday, 11 June
20:00
Théâtre National de Bretagne
Rennes, France

MOZART: Piano Concerto no.27 in B flat major, K.595

Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne

conductor: Grant Llewellyn

Friday, 12 June
20:00
Théâtre National de Bretagne
Rennes, France

MOZART: Piano Concerto no.27 in B flat major, K.595

Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne

conductor: Grant Llewellyn

Thursday, 2 July
11:30
Beethoven-Haus Bonn
Bonn, Germany

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.3, in C major, op.2 no.3
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.23, in F minor, op.57 ‘Appassionata’

In collaboration with Martin Randall Travel

Saturday, 4 July
11:30
Crail Church
Crail, UK

TCHAIKOVSKY: Selection from ‘The Seasons’
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

Sunday, 5 July
14:00
Crail Church
Crail, UK

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.23, in F minor, op.57 ‘Appassionata’
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.29, in b flat major, op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’

Sunday, 26 July
14:00
Dorstone House
Hereford, UK

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.3, in C major, op.2 no.3
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata no.23, in F minor, op.57 ‘Appassionata’
TCHAIKOVSKY: Selection from ‘The Seasons’
GRIEG: Lyric Pieces, selection


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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Useful links

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

Signum Classics
www.signumrecords.com

Benjamin Ealovega Photography
www.benjaminealovega.com