The Gilmore

In a recent review, The Guardian described Llŷr Williams as a pianist with “that rare ability to shed new light on familiar music, and whose already astonishing interpretation continues to evolve and deepen.” After his superb Beethoven recital series at the last Festival, Williams’ consummate artistry will again focus on Beethoven (one of the sonatas not included in 2014) and the Four Ballades of Chopin. We’re honored to have him back!

Program

BEETHOVEN Fantasia, Op. 77
WAGNER Sonata in A-flat Major (for M. Wesendonck), WWV 85
BEETHOVEN Sonata, Op. 101
CHOPIN Four Ballades

Llyr Williams

Llyr Williams

Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams is widely admired for his profound musical intelligence, and for 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, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Sinfonia Cymru, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Meininger Hofkapelle, Berner Kammerorchester, Limburgs Symphony and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. A regular performer in the Wigmore Hall’s main piano series, he also appears at the BBC Proms in London and has given many acclaimed performances at the Edinburgh International Festival. He is a regular performer at the East Neuk Festival in Scotland, and currently artist in residence at Galeri Caernarfon in Wales.

Williams is an acclaimed performer of Beethoven with one complete piano sonata cycle under his belt and another under way. The first one in the form of an epic two-week marathon during the Edinburgh International Festival won him the prestigious South Bank Show award, the second spread over three seasons, at the Wigmore Hall and Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff started in October 2014 and will run until June 2017. He is also collaborating with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in performances of all five Beethoven piano concerti, which will continue through the next two seasons as well as with the Elias Quartet in a residency spread over three seasons at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls, exploring Beethoven’s piano sonatas and string quartets in a series of concerts and talks. Other upcoming performances include Williams’ debut at the Ravinia Festival in the USA and a return to the Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse following his successful debut in 2013.

  • Wilma Kahn

    I loved his performance tonight. It was remarkable.

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  • Rebecca Knack

    Dynamic, expressive playing. I had been to Williams’ master class the day before and he plays as he taught his students to play. Can’t wait to hear him again!

  • William Stein

    I went to the concert with some prejudice: that a specialist in Beethoven couldn’t bring the appropriate Romanticism to Chopin, but how wrong I was! He can play both – and as well as the great masters of yore. He has it all: facility, velocity, and a musical soul.