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
John Lill Piano Recital
It is with great pleasure that we welcome the distinguished pianist, John Lill to give the opening recital at the Wales International Piano Festival. This year, the Festival pays tribute to one of the most astounding composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven, as we celebrate 250 years since his birth. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a programme of Beethoven’s masterpieces performed by one of his foremost interpreters.
Programme, Ludwig van Beethoven:
Sonata in C minor, Op 13 ‘Pathétique’
Sonata in C, Op 53 ‘Waldstein’
Sonata in C sharp minor, Op 27/2 ‘Moonlight’
Sonata in F minor, Op 57 ‘Appassionata’