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 2020 Wales International Piano Festival (now held in 2021) 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 celebrated the 250th anniversary of his birth in 2020. Other festival themes include the centenary of Saint-Saëns’ death in 2021 and the promotion of new music from Wales.

The Festival will be a combination of virtual evening concerts streamed online and daytime live events at Galeri Caernarfon.

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  

Opening Concert: Llŷr Williams Piano Recital

Available from 15 October, 7:30pm to 18 October, 10:00pm
Virtual Concert

Schubert: Impromptu D.935 No.2
Beethoven: Sonata no.18 in E flat Major, op.31 no.3 ‘The Hunt’
Chopin: Nocturne in D flat major Op.27 No.2
Chopin: Sonata no.2 in B-flat minor, op.35

Commissions Concert & Beethoven Archduke Trio

Saturday, 16 October, 7:30pm – Virtual Concert

Part 1: Festival Commissions
Joseph Davies – ap Huw Sampler
Bethan Morgan-Williams – Cusan Aderyn
Pwyll ap Sion – Die verrückten mädchen von
Sarah Lianne Lewis – Clychau

Rhan 2: Beethoven – Archduke Trio

Artistiaid / Artists: Sara Trickey (violin), Sebastian Van Kuijk (cello), Iwan Llewelyn-Jones (piano), Alys Roberts (soprano).

Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals Concert

Sunday, 17 October, 6:30pm – Virtual Concert

Glian Llwyd and Teleri-Sian (piano), Elin Taylor (cello), Catrin Toffoc and Mair Tomos Ifans (storytellers) with children from Ysgol Edmwnd Prys, Gellilydan and Ysgol Cybi, Holyhead.

On the Horizon: Gwenno Morgan

Saturday, 16 October, 3:30 – 4:15pm, Sgwâr Galeri.

A series of dreamy and minimalistic compositions – including arrangements of Welsh folk melodies, along with original cinematic pieces from her debut EP, CYFNOS.

Sonant

Sunday, 17 October, 1:00pm-1:45pm, Sgwâr Galeri.

Sian James & Sioned Webb

Competition Finals

Final Stage Senior Solo Piano Competition

18 October 2021
11:15am, Theatr Galeri

Come to listen to the 4 pianists selected for the final performing a programme of solo piano music not exceeding 25 minutes.

Price: £6 a session
or £10 for the day

Final Stage Piano Accompaniment Competition

18 October 2021
2:30pm, Theatr Galeri

The four accompanists selected for the final will perform with soprano Alys Mererid Roberts and violinist Sara Trickey.

Price: £6 a session
or £10 for the day

The public are warmly invited to watch the first and final rounds of the competition live at Galeri Caernarfon. See the timetable.

If attending Festival events at Galeri remember to:

Wear a face covering unless exempt

Follow the one way system within the building

Register your attendance at the Festival desk

Take a Lateral Flow test at home before attending if possible

The Latest News

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World’s biggest Beethoven bust is a massive hit

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Piano virtuoso Llŷr Williams headlines at festival

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Piano Day Concert

Piano Day Concert

Here is a link to a concert showing some of the highlights of our Piano Day held recently.

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

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Our Sponsors

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.