Born and raised in North Wales, Iwan Llewelyn-Jones has firmly established himself as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Iwan is a graduate of the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Music where he won several awards and competitions for both academic and pianistic excellence. Further prizes followed in international piano competitions in Spain, France, Italy and Great Britain.
He has performed at many of the world’s prestigious concert halls including London’s Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Sydney Opera House and Cardiff St David’s Hall. During 2018-19 Iwan appeared in concert in Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester and Bangor. In October 2018 he visited China to give a series of concerts and masterclasses in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Iwan is a Steinway Artist.
Iwan’s commercial recordings span a wide range of classical genres: piano works by Franz Liszt, a cd of solo French piano works entitled ‘French Portraits’, and a recording of contemporary Welsh solo piano music (‘Welsh Portraits’). Iwan’s highly successful solo recording of Welsh song transcriptions, ‘Songs without words’, was released in Spring 2011 and in December 2017 his latest recording project, the world premiere of his own arrangement of Frédéric Chopin’s First Piano Concerto for solo piano, was released to critical acclaim.
Iwan appears regularly on television and radio (BBC and S4C). He has been the recipient of several awards and honours, including the Sir Geraint Evans Award in recognition of his significant contribution to Welsh music. He holds a doctorate in performance and musicology from Cardiff University and is Director of Performance at Bangor University.
I convene and teach all undergraduate and postgraduate Solo and Ensemble Performance Modules.
UG Historical Topics include:
'Contemporary Welsh Chamber Music'
'French music 1880-1945'