Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llŷr is gaining international recognition for her charismatic and engaging performances. Gwenllian was twice a prize-winner at the USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington where she was highly praised for her musicianship. She has also won many prizes more locally, including the Len Lickorish Memorial Prize for a String Player of Promise at the Royal Over-Seas League AMC 2018, as well as becoming an Artist with City Music Foundation in 2017.
Gwenllian’s career has already taken her across the globe, with performances in prestigious venues such as St. David’s Hall, Buckingham Palace, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, and alongside renowned artists such as jazz legend Al Jarreau, pianist Imogen Cooper, and international opera singer Bryn Terfel. Following the successful release of her debut solo album, ‘Dusk to Dawn’, in which her playing was hailed as “magnificent” and “powerful”, Gwenllian has recently released a CD of all-Welsh music with Tŷ Cerdd, featuring neverbefore recorded works alongside well-known gems.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, The Juilliard School and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Gwenllian is currently based in London where she is enjoying a busy and varied freelance career. Her love of the harp extends beyond the stage: Gwenllian’s private teaching studio is thriving, with students winning prizes in national and international competitions and gaining membership to prestigious schools and orchestral courses. In addition, Gwenllian’s published works are gaining popularity, and she looks forward to finding more time to share more of her works in the coming years.