A former prize-winner at the USA International Harp Competition, Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llyr has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and St David’s Hall.
Her programme will include works by Debussy, Scriabin, and Liszt, as well as music by the French harpist/composer Henriette Renié and a trio a of Welsh composers: Grace Williams, Haldon Evans, and William Matthias.
We caught up with Gwenllian ahead of her recital!
Why have you decided to perform music by Welsh composers?
The simple answer is because I’m Welsh! It’s important to me to be a champion of Welsh music and share these wonderful pieces as widely as possible. I’m also preparing for a new recording… stay tuned for more information!
How are you benefitting from the CMF Artist Programme so far?
It has been wonderful to be a part of this programme – I’ve connected with a variety of industry professionals that have inspired me in different ways and provided new opportunities. It’s also incredibly helpful to have a team on the other end of the phone that can guide you in the right direction, be a listener or brainstorm a new idea.
Tell us about a gig you’ve got coming up.
I’m so looking forward to performing in Belgium for the 25th anniversary of Harpe Diem! The programme will be quite varied, including one of my own compositions and I’ll also be teaching a masterclass. It will be great to connect with more harpists and celebrate the success of this great festival. Details of this and other exciting upcoming concerts can be found on my website: www.gwenllianllyr.com