Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner (2014)
A California native, sixteen-year-old Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner began piano studies at age two and by the age of six made his orchestral debut as soloist. He became a full-time student at Ventura College at age five where he became the youngest person to earn an Associate of Arts Degree. He now resides in New York while continuing his studies at the Juilliard School of Music College Division as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Ilya Itin.
Sanchez-Werner has performed solo recitals at the Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain, at the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Canada, and at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. He was selected to be an Artist-in-Residence at the Canandaigua Music Festival in New York when he was twelve years old. Sanchez-Werner was also the featured soloist in concerts with the New West Symphony and with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.
Committed to social action through music, Sanchez-Werner has received special honors including being selected by CNN International as “Connector of the Day” for his humanitarian contributions, a 2011 CNN Heroes nomination, and performing in President Obama’s re-election inaugural concert at the Kennedy Center in 2013. In 2010, Sanchez-Werner became the first American soloist to perform with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra in Baghdad. While there, he launched a fundraising drive to create the first Children’s Cancer Clinic in Iraq.