Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner (2014)
A California native, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner began piano studies at age two and by the age of six made his orchestral debut as soloist. He made Juilliard history as the youngest-ever admittee, at 14 to the Bachelor’s Degree and at 18 to the Master’s Degree, where he is a proud recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded Llewellyn the only YoungArts gold medal for music in 2015.
He performed solo at the White House for President Obama in 2009, and in 2013, for the Presidential Inauguration concert at the Kennedy Center. Llewellyn received the Atlantic Council’s 2014 Young Global Citizen Award, along with fellow recipients Robert De Niro, and Prime Ministers Shimon Peres and Lee Kuan Yew. CNN International featured him on “Connect the World” as the Connector of the Day.
In a Pentagon performance, General Petraeus commended “his courageous humanitarian contributions through the arts…strengthening the ties that unite our nations.” Llewellyn was the first American soloist to perform with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra in Iraq, in a concert that raised funds to support the Children’s Cancer Hospital and celebrated World Day for Cultural Diversity. In Rwanda, he performed for President Kagame and economic leaders to help Rwandans continue rebuilding from the 1994 genocide.
Llewellyn was the Discovery Artist of the New West Symphony and the Artist-in-Residence at the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival. To excite more youth about classical music, he performed 16 concerts for 20,000 North American students; and, for an anti-bullying campaign, he performed “Beethoven and the Bully” for 6,000 students.
Upcoming events include a nationally televised and radio broadcast solo recital at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Llewellyn was born in California and began his first college degree at age 5 as a full-time student at Ventura College. Presently 18-years-old, he studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky in New York.