Due to the ongoing situation in relation to Covid-19, we have decided to reschedule the festival to the 15 – 18 October 2021. Learn More

Wales International
Piano Festival

15 – 18 October 2021

About the Festival

Organised by Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias and under the artistic leadership of international pianist Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, the 2021 Wales International Piano Festival will explore three key areas, namely performance, competition and education.

The Festival will pay homage to Ludwig van Beethoven and his considerable pianistic legacy as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth. Other festival themes include the music of the 1920s and the promotion of new music from Wales.

We are delighted to welcome Festival Patron and renowned Beethoven interpreter John Lill CBE to give a recital to open the Festival.

Honorary Patron: John Lill CBE
Honorary President: John Metcalf MBE

Our Competitions

Junior Solo Piano Competition

Open to pianists born on or after 1 September 2001

Senior Solo Piano Competition

Open to pianists born on or after 1 September 1993

Piano Accompaniment Competition

No age restriction  

Concerts

We will announce the revised festival programme soon.

Sponsor a Note

If you wish to make a financial contribution towards the Wales International Piano Festival 2021, why not Sponsor a Note!

You can select your own piano key, and with 88 in all, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Might you be an A♭ or D♯!?

The Latest News

Success of our virtual “Piano Day”

Success of our virtual “Piano Day”

After our highly successful Piano day last year we were determined not to let the current situation with Covid-19 defeat us, so we moved this year’s Piano Day on-line. The response was very encouraging with 65 performances given by pianists of all standard and ages,...

Covid-19: Festival Postponement

Covid-19: Festival Postponement

Updated on the 14 December 2020: Due to the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus, we have decided that going ahead with the Wales International Piano Festival on the new dates next May is not going to be feasible due to the continuation of restrictions and the...

Piano Day

Piano Day

We had a very successful Piano Day at Bangor University in mid-November with over 100 performances by pianist of all standard and ages. The esteemed pianists Emyr Roberts, Evgenia Startseva and Gareth Owen gave constructive feed-back to all performers. We had a very...

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The Wales International Piano Festival is organised by Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (William Mathias Music Centre).

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias provides valuable opportunities for students of music at its centres in Caernarfon, Denbigh and Ruthin and through its community events throughout Wales.

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