Iwan Llewelyn-Jones

Iwan was brought up in Anglesey, and was educated at Oxford University and the Royal College of Music, London, where he was awarded numerous scholarships and prizes for his performances and academic achievements.  

He has performed solo recitals at some of the world’s most renowned concert halls, including Wigmore Hall, St David’s Hall, The Sydney Opera House and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.

As a recital soloist Iwan is particularly renowned for his insightful interpretations of French music. His discography includes recordings of French piano works by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Chabrier, Poulenc and Messiaen (‘French Portraits’), and of contemporary Welsh solo piano music (‘Welsh Portraits’) featuring works composed for him by Alun Hoddinott, John Metcalf, Richard Elfyn Jones, Pwyll ap Siôn and Sir Karl Jenkins.

Iwan’s highly successful solo recording of Welsh song transcriptions, ‘Caneuon heb eiriau’, was released in 2011. Further recordings to be issued in 2017 include a disc of Chopin’s piano works and the world premiere recording of Iwan’s transcription of Chopin’s First Piano Concerto for solo piano. Iwan is asked to appear regularly on television and radio and has been the recipient of several awards and honours, including the Sir Geraint Evans Award in recognition of his significant contribution to Welsh music, a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales, and is Vice-President of Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias.  In 2016, Iwan was the Director of the Wales International Piano Festival, held at Galeri, Caernarfon.

He was recently awarded a doctorare on the pianism of Maurice Ravel from Cardiff University and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne.  In January 2017, he was appointed as Accompanist and Lecturer in Performance at Bangor University.