Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llyr is quickly gaining international recognition for her energetic and charismatic performances. In July 2013 she was a prizewinner at the USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington, where she was highly praised for her musicianship and engaging performances. She has also won many prizes more locally, including the Blue Ribbon at the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol in Wales in 2012, and first prize at the Camac Harp Competition in 2010.
Gwenllian has had the pleasure of performing with a variety of artists in venues across the world, allowing her to share the rich sound for which she is known. As well as recent solo performances with the Swansea Bach Choir and the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra, she was invited to be guest soloist with Côrdydd as they took to the stage of Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall last year, and she relished the opportunity to share the music of Welsh composers in this prestigious venue. She has also been privileged to perform with such renowned artists as jazz legend Al Jarreau, actor Matthew Rhys and international opera singer Bryn Terfel, with whom she performed for HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
Following her undergraduate degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Gwenllian completed her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the William Schuman Prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. Since then Gwenllian has moved to London, where she is performing and teaching alongside her Advanced Diploma studies at the Royal Academy of Music, a course that she would not be able to complete without the support of the Arts Council of Wales, the John Fussell Award, the Peter Simon Scholarship and the Sir Elton John Scholarship.
China Exchange is delighted to be working with the Royal Academy of Music to put on this series of free concerts.