Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llyr is quickly gaining international recognition for her energetic and charismatic performances. In 2013, 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 took 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. Having settled in Kent, she is now enjoying a busy freelance career that takes her across the UK, performing for the Live Music Now charity and teaching in King's College of Music and the Latymer Music Centre in North London. In addition, Gwenllian is currently completing her Advanced Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, 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 Kent, lle mae hi’n perfformio gyda Duo Romanze (ffliwt a thelyn), fel unawdydd ar gyfer yr elusen Live Music Now ac yn astudio yn y Royal Academy of Music.
July 22nd, 2016 - After a fantastic performance of Conte Fantastique with the Behn Quartet at Charlton House last March, I'm really looking forward to returning here for a solo recital The programme will include some of my favourite pieces, including Sue Rothstein's Flying with the Birds and Henriette Renie's Ballade Fantastique. 1pm, Free (no tickets required) More info
July 25th, 2016 - As part of my time as Junior Fellow for the MusicFest Aberystwyth, I'll be performing in a lunchtime recital alongside Chloe Bradshaw (flute) and Lowri Thomas (viola). It will be a wonderful mix of solo and trio performances, including Triptych by Richard Elfyn Jones and Welsh hymns. The recital will take place at Old College, Kings Street. 1:30pm, £12/£10 More info
July 25th, 2016 - This evening concert will include the UK premiere of Tiffany Windows by Arlene Sierra, and I can't wait to hear it all come together in this concert at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 8pm, £16/£14 More info
July 27th, 2016 - I can't wait for this exciting workshop with the composers on the MusicFest course! They will create pieces for me by Tuesday the 26th and in this workshop we'll discuss what worked, what might work better in terms of pedalling or chord patterns or notation, and we'll record each piece so that they have a record of it. It's always fun to work with composers to help them understand the harp and discover its possibilities.
July 27th, 2016 - Art and music can be linked so closely, inspiring each other and bringing both to life. This afternoon I'll be performing a programme which compliments the wonderful exhibition 'Birdland' by Jeremy Moore, including some picturesque music by William Mathias, Gareth Glyn, Sue Rothstein and Marcel Tournier. 3:30pm More info
July 28th-29th, 2016 - This year I joined Live Music Now and I'm really looking forward to my first tour which will be in Fishguard. I'll be performing at a few different places, sharing a variety of music with people who rarely get the chance to enjoy classical music.
July 30th, 2016 - Ellen Williams (soprano) and I will be performing together at St Peter's Church, Little Newcastle as part of the 'Saints and Stones' walking tour for Fishguard Festival. There will be a variety of folk songs for you to enjoy, including Ar lan y mor and Hen Ferchetan.
July 30th, 2016 - This will be an exciting evening of music from many different artists, all of whom were awarded a scholarship from the Arts Council of Wales for further study. I'm looking forward to performing as a soloist, as well as duos with Glain Dafydd (harp) and Ellen Williams (soprano) at the Fishguard Festival. The concert will take place at St. Peter's Church, Goodwick. 7:30pm, £12 More info
August 10-12th, 2016 - Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the UK and I'm really looking forward to performing there for the first time! During the first few days I'll be performing community concerts around Edinburgh for Live Music Now.
August 13th, 2016 - There is a fantastic programme of music taking place at the National Museum of Scotland, with FREE performances by a huge variety of musicians! My performance will focus on Welsh music for both the lever and pedal harp, and will include my very own piece, Strawberry Moon. Join me at 2pm for this fun free fringe music concert! More info
August 18th, 2016 - I'm excited to perform in the Leatherhead Methodist Church for the first time. This solo recital will include a variety of music, with some beautiful transcriptions mixed in with well-known harp repertoire, such as The Lark by Balakirev/Llyr and Fantasie by Spohr. 12:30pm, no tickets required
August 20-27th, 2016 - I hope the sun will be shining as I head down to Dartington to perform with the Festival Orchestra during their fourth and final week. Beautiful music from Faure, Adams, and a chance to perform in my first full opera with a semi-staged production of Carmen. Plenty of wonderful concerts to keep me busy! More info
September 24th, 2016 - Ellen Williams and I will be performing a joint recital for Cowbridge Music Festival at Holy Cross Church. We'll have a mixed programme with solos from both of us as well as some duos, so it should be a very fun concert! 7:30pm More info
October 1st, 2016 - I'm very excited for my first full performance of Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto alongisde Shirley Barningham with the Hallgate Chamber Orchestra in Doncaster. The concert will also include a plethora of fantastic music, such as Prelude by Goedicke and Yarramalong by Swadling. More details to follow.