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Wales International Piano Festival 2016

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias presents

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Wales International Piano Festival 2016


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April 25, 2016 · 1:25 pm


Wales International Piano Festival

29 April – 2 May 2016

Featuring Peter Donohoe in recital and the world premiere of a new work by Paul Mealor


The Wales International Piano Festival will be held from 29 April – 2 May 2016 at Galeri, the iconic arts centre in Caernarfon. This year’s festival has a new Director, pianist Iwan Llewelyn-Jones and is the third festival to be presented by Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (CGWM/The William Mathias Music Centre). The festival comprises concerts, competitions, masterclasses, workshops, lectures and interviews with guest artists.

Peter Donohoe, acclaimed international pianist, opens the festival on Friday 29 April at 7.45pm in a recital of works by Ravel, Debussy, Scriabin and Rachmaninov. A former winner and recent jury member of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition, Peter Donohoe will chair the Jury for the Senior Solo Piano Competition.

The first of three piano competitions begins on the morning of Saturday 30 April with the preliminary stage of the Junior Solo Piano Competition; the final round takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 1 May. The Senior Solo and Piano Accompanist Competitions begin on the morning of Sunday 1 May (preliminary rounds) with the public finals on the afternoon of Monday 2 May. Participants come from all over the UK and abroad.

At lunchtime on Saturday 30 April, there will be a concert entitled ‘Satie on the Sidewalk’, celebrating the music of Erik Satie.

The evening concert on the 30 April at 7.45pm showcases the versatility of Welsh music and musicians, featuring six world premieres of specially commissioned short works for solo piano, inspired by images and words on the theme of ‘Peace and Remembrance’. Three works are by young, upcoming composers and three by renowned composers of international standing: Paul Mealor, well known for his anthem for the marriage of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; Richard Baker, noted for his orchestral and chamber music, and Owain Llwyd who is at the cutting edge of film and media composition.  The young composers are Luke Lewis, Mared Emlyn and Maja Palser.

The Festival Education Project reaches its climax in this Saturday evening concert with the premiere performance of a new work for chamber ensemble by four young A-level students. This three-movement composition with accompanying fanfares will be performed by instrumentalists from CGWM.

On Sunday 1 May at 7.45 we go into ‘Fiesta’ mode when the piano take centre stage to raise the roof with other instrumentalists, singers and narrators in a concert of music from across the globe including Lambert’s Rio Grande, Poulenc’s delightful setting of Babar the Elephant and Milhaud’s Scaramouche. The programme features five pianists, including Festival Director Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, and the CGWM Chamber Choir.

On the final morning, Monday 2 May, two fun events will be held in Galeri’s atrium: ‘Coffee and Croissants with Chopin and Debussy’ at 10.00am and at midday, the ‘Pianothon’, where pianists of all ages and abilities have an opportunity to tinkle the ivories.

29 April – 2 May 2016

Venue: Galeri Caernarfon

The Wales International Piano Festival will be held from 29 April – 2 May 2016 at Galeri, the iconic arts centre in Caernarfon. This year’s festival has a new Director, pianist Iwan Llewelyn-Jones and is the third piano festival presented by Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (CGWM/The William Mathias Music Centre). The festival comprises concerts, competitions, masterclasses and workshops.


Friday 29 April 2016

Peter Donohoe Piano Recital
7:45pm, Galeri Caernarfon


Ravel:                                     Sonatine
Scriabin:                                Sonata No 2 in G Sharp Minor (‘Sonata-Fantasie’) Op 19
Debussy:                                Trois Pièces Pour Piano:
1. Masques
2. D’un Cahier d’Esquisses
3. L’Isle Joyeuse

Rachmaninov:                         Thirteen Preludes Op 32

Tickets: £20 / £9 (children and students)


Saturday 30 April 2016

Welsh Showcase
7:45pm – 9:30pm, Galeri Caernarfon.

This concert features seven world premiere performances showcasing Welsh composers and performers. Premieres include two Festival commissions: a set of six piano preludes on themes of ‘Peace and Remembrance’ with visuals; and a new work composed by A-Level students as part of the Festival’s Education Project.


Debussy:                    En blanc et noir

Pianists: Caroline Rae and Iwan Llewelyn-Jones

Festival Youth Commission, composed and performed by Math Roberts Gwenno Morgan, Elain Rhys Jones and Pippa Scourse alongside other young musicians from CGWM.


Festival Commission: Six Piano Preludes (2015-6)

Paul Mealor:                The Infinite Meadows of Heaven

Richard Baker:            Cofadail

Owain Llwyd:               Cofio

Luke Lewis:                   Flocks and Companies

Mared Emlyn:              Gwanwyn lle bu gofid

Maja Plaser:                a cry
Pianists: Iwan Llewelyn-Jones (Artistic Director) Siwan Rhys, Glian Llwyd, Bryony Keyse
Tickets: £10 / £5 (children / students)

Sunday 1 May 2016

Final Stage of the Junior Piano Solo Competition
2:00pm – 3:30pm, Galeri Caernarfon.

Solo performances from finalists from the UK and abroad. Each finalist will perform a programme of solo piano music not exceeding 15 minutes to include a work composed during or after 1946.

Fiesta Night!

7.45pm – 9.45pm, Galeri Caernarfon.


Moszkowski:               Valse Brillante

Poulenc:                        Babar the Elephant

Milhaud:                       Scaramouche


Gershwin/Heifitz:          It Aint Necessarily So


Piazzolla:                          Histoire du Tango

Lambert:                           Rio Grande

Amanda Hurton             piano                           Elenid Owen (violin)

Iwan Llewelyn-Jones   piano                            Judith Humphries (narrator)

Gareth Owen                  piano                              Dewi Ellis Jones (percussion)

Evgenia Startseva         piano                             Jenny Pearson (mezzo soprano)

Teleri-Siân                      piano

With the CGWM Chamber Choir (director: Jenny Pearson)

Tickets: £16 / £8 (children / students)

 Monday 2 May 2016

Competition Finals Concert
2:00pm – 5:00pm, Galeri Caernarfon.

Senior Piano Solo and Piano Accompanists Competitions (featuring competitors from the UK mainland Europe, Asia, North America and Australia)

Competitors for the Senior Solo must perform a programme of solo piano music not exceeding 25 minutes, including a work composed after 1946.

Competitors for the Accompanists Final must prepare a programme of instrumental and vocal music drawn from a prescribed list.
Tickets: £10 / £5 (children / students)

Tickets for the concerts are available from Galeri’s Box Office (01286) 685222

For additional press information please contact:

Nia Wyn Hughes (01286) 685230

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