Gwenllian Llyr

Gwenllian Llyr

Photo of Welsh Harpist Gwenllian Llyr (2017)Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llyr is quickly gaining international recognition for her charismatic and engaging performances. In July 2013, Gwenllian was a prize-winner at the USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington where she was highly praised for her musicianship and her ability to connect with audiences. She has also won many prizes more locally, including the Blue Ribbon at the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol in Wales in 2012, and the First Prize of the UK Camac Harp Competition in 2010.

Gwenllian graduated with First Class Honours from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where she was also awarded the William Schuman prize for outstanding achievement and leadership in music. Her career has 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, actor Mathew Rhys, and international opera singer Bryn Terfel. Gwenllian relishes the chance to display the harp’s versatility, with recent performances including: a solo recital on the Ffestiniog Railway for Live Music Now; a programme of contemporary works for soprano and harp at Cardiff University; a concerto performance with the Orchestra of St John’s at St John’s Smith Square; a harp and cello duo of Saint-Saëns ‘The Swan’ with a dancer at Kensington Palace.

Alongside her blossoming performing career, Gwenllian is a committed teacher, be it as a private harp teacher, a leader of a workshop, a test subject for composers and their new music or in public masterclasses where her tips can help both the harpist and the audience. She has over a decade of experience teaching students of all levels, abilities and ages, and loves helping her students reach their potential and expand their love of music and the harp. She currently teaches privately in Orpington and North London, as well as for the King’s College of Music and the Latymer Music Centre.

November 2017


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Compositions for Harp

Solo Harp
Impressions is a series of creative solos written for both lever and pedal harps. Each piece is like the memory of a dream fading away. There is a brief description included for each piece to help the audience and performer connect with the story behind it, and I hope it inspires you as you learn it. Only minimal fingering has been provided, allowing the freedom for each individual to choose their own as they see fit.
Title (click for further info) Instrumentation
The Fair Maiden’s Dance / Dawns y Forwyn Fwyn Lever or Pedal Harp
Night Stalker / Stelciwr Nos Lever or Pedal Harp
Strawberry Moon / Lleuad Mefus Lever or Pedal Harp
The Hidden Temple / Y Deml Gudd Lever or Pedal Harp