Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llyr is quickly gaining international recognition for her energetic and charismatic performances. Last summer she was awarded 7th place at the USA International Harp Competition, and in 2010 she claimed the First Prize at the UK Camac Harp Competition. Gwenllian has recently been taking part in the celebration of actor Richard Burton’s life, performing at the publication of his diaries in New York and at the unveiling of his Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. She has also been privileged to perform with renowned artists such as jazz legend Al Jarreau, actor Mathew Rhys, and international opera singer Bryn Terfel with whom she performed for HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. In 2013, Gwenllian graduated with a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School where she was awarded the William Schuman prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. Since then she has been working and living in London, teaching in King's College of Music and the Latymer Music Centre. She has recently begun studying the Advanced Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music this September, thanks to fantastic scholarships and grants from the Royal Academy of Music, The Arts Council of Wales and the John Fussell Award.
Mae’r delynores Gymreig Gwenllian Llyr yn ennill clod rhygnwladol am ei pherfformio dawnus a charismataidd. Ynghyd â nifer o wobrau eisteddfodol, mae Gwenllian wedi ennill gwobrau cenedlaethol a rhyngwladol megis Ysgoloriaeth Nansi Richards, y Wobr Gyntaf yng Nghystadleuaeth Telyn Camac Prydain Fawr yn 2010, a’r 7fed Wobr yng Nghystadleuaeth Delyn Rhyngwladol yr UDA. Yn ystod ei hastudiaethau yn Ngholeg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru gyda Caryl Thomas, perfformiodd Gwenllian y Danses gan Debussy a’r Concerto i’r Delyn gan Ginastera gyda cherddorfa’r coleg. Wedi astudio’n breifat am flwyddyn gyda Isabelle Perrin, aeth Gwenllian ymlaen i astudio gradd Meistr Cerddoriaeth yn y byd-enwog Ysgol Juilliard yn Efrog Newydd, lle gwborwywyd hi Gwobr William Schuman am ei chyflawniadau a’i harweinyddiaeth yn y byd cerddorol. Yn ystod ei hastudiaethau, bu hi’n perfformio yn Efrog Newydd a Los Angeles ar gyfer y dathliadau yn anrhydeddu Richard Burton, gan gynnwys dadorchuddio ei seren ar y Walk of Fame. Bu hi hefyd yn perfformio datganiadau unawdol ar draws y byd, gan gynnwys ym Mharis, Washington DC, Llundain a Chaerdydd. Yn ddiweddar, cafodd Gwenllian y cyfle i ddychwelyd i Efrog Newydd fel perfformiwr gwadd gyda Côrdydd yn eu datganiad yn Zankel Hall yn Carnegie Hall. Mae hi nawr yn byw yn Llundain, lle mae hi’n perfformio gyda Duo Romanze (ffliwt a thelyn) ac yn astudio yn y Royal Academy of Music.
I'm so excited that I've been offered the chance to play the Danses by Debussy with the Academy String Orchestra! Having only been given a month to learn it the first time round, I'm really looking forward to being able to look deeper into the music and try to bring out the huge variety of colour that the music demands. Re-learning a piece can be both incredibly fun and extremely frustrating. Sometimes, your muscle memory helps you in ways you wouldn't have expected; at other times, you realise the mistake you learned or the fingering you did was so atrocious and it takes a lot of concentration to fix it. For me, as soon as I opened the music I was reminded of how rushed I had been to learn the notes the first time I learned it, and was on edge before I'd even touched the harp! But that soon passed as I worked on it and really thought about the different characters of the two dances and played around with the sounds I could create in each section.
I'm really looking forward to the concert at the Royal Academy of Music on November 4th at 7pm. Come along if you can - the concert is free and you'll be able to enjoy some other gorgeous music by Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams too!