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. She then completed her Advanced Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, where she met Bethany Tempest and formed their flute and harp duo, Romanze Duo. 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.
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 dysgu'r delyn, piano a theori.
October 13-14, 2016 - I'll be heading back to my home town of Swansea to perform with soprano Ellen Williams for Live Music Now. It's such a joy to share music with people who don't get the chance to hear live performances. Thank you to Swansea International Festival and Arts Council of Wales for funding this tour.
October 22nd, 2016 - Private event, Petersham
November 4th, 2016 - This workshop with Cardiff University Composition Students will lead to two wonderful concerts of their music. I've worked a lot with composition students to help them understand the harp, its cababilities, the beautiful array of colours it produces and ways of notating clearly. I'm looking forward to seeing what they produce!
November 11th, 2016 - Private event, Caerffili
November 12th, 2016 - The first of two concerts of music by Cardiff University Composition Students and Dr Arlene Sierra. Entitled 'Coma Notes', the evening will explore the theme of consciousness, with poetry and discussions intercepted with works for voice and harp. It has been great to work with these students alongisde soprano Sarah Dacey, and explore this combination of soprano and harp which provides an array of challenges and opportunities for innovation. 19:00, FREE More details
November 26th, 2016 - Private event, Kansas USA
December 3rd, 2016 - Sandwiched between Bartok's Dance Suite and Dvorak's Symphony No 8 will be my performance of Ginastera's Harp Concerto with Milton Keynes Sinfonia. I'm so excited to perform this incredible concerto again! More details
December 4th, 2016 - Private event, Kent
December 13th, 2016 - Private event, London
December 18th, 2016 - This beautiful programme by Sonoro Voices includes the Christmas favourites of Rutter's Dancing Day along with Britten's Ceremony of Carols. It will be a joy to perform alongside them in their debut at King's Place. 18:30, tickets from £9.50 More details
January, 2017 - The second performance of 'Coma Notes', an evening of contemporary music, poetry and discussions on the theme of consciousness. More details to follow.