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Llŷr Williams

@ GALERI, Caernarfon

Internationally renowned pianist Llŷr Williams continues his residency concerts at Galeri as official resident pianist.

Since Llŷr first performed in Galeri back in 2005, audiences have enjoyed a variety of concerts and programmes over the years. The programme for this concert is:

CHOPIN: 6 Wals | 6 Waltzes
VERDI/LISZT: Rigoletto Paraphrase de Concert (1859)
VERDI/LISZT: Miserere du Trovatore (1860)
BEETHOVEN: Sonsata Piano rhif 29,Op.29 yn Bb ‘Hammerklavier’ | Piano Sonata no.29, in B flat major, Op.106 ‘Hammerklavier’

Llyr Williams_11.3.16

In 2005 Llŷr received the Outstanding Young Artist Award from MIDEM Classique and the International Artist Managers’ Association. Furthermore, in 2009 he was awarded the Glyndŵr Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Wales.


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Krystian Zimerman

I found this wonderful  interview with great pianist Krystian Zimerman. He talks eloquently about music, artistic journey, sound production, depth and the art of performance. Below: a few inspiring quotes from the interview:

“Music is not sound. Music is actually a flow of emotions organized in time. We are using sound for this. But the sound is not so terribly important as we think. You know, in the last twenty, thirty years – we’ve had an over exposure of sound and sometimes from all these trees, we don’t see the forest anymore…”

“I think honesty is the most important thing. You have to be an honest performer and he piece will develop in your heart, it will mature together with you. And then, the audience also has to mature together with you to understand what happens when you are maturing…”

“The performer has to be the first victim of his performance. He has to honestly die when the piece calls for it.”

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Hélène Grimaud

‘Hélène Grimaud is undeniably one of the finest pianists before the public today…’ Robert Cummings

Hélène Grimaud (Ei Gwefan)

Hélène Grimaud – Photo Credit: Mat Hennek


The brilliant and passionate pianist Hélène Grimaud talks about wolf conservation, musicianship, Liszt Sonata, live performance and about her synesthesia … A must see video by director and host Alexis Bloom for Quick Hits.

Now, to hear Hélène Grimaud play Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B Minor. Magnificent work!


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Vladimir Horowitz

By Gerrits, Roland / Anefo [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Gerrits, Roland / Anefo [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl (, via Wikimedia Commons

The Masters Series …  Some wise words from a great pianist, an idol of mine  – Vladimir Horowitz.

I must tell you I take terrible risks. Because my playing is very clear, when I make a mistake you hear it. If you want me to play only the notes without any specific dynamics, I will never make one mistake. Never be afraid to dare.’

– Vladimir Horowitz

The film contains mainly performances of classical works, but also provides an intimate look into Horowitz’s private life. A real must see!

INTERVIEWER: “Who is your favourite of all? ”

VH: “This one, no! This and this … those two!”

“Don’t be afraid! Say Rachmaninoff!”

VH: “Rachmaninoff is a pianist! I play with him … Rachmaninoff … He was a wonderful pianist and nice friend. He was my best friend… First of all he was composer, pianist and conductor. Three things at one, and first class all three, I think so…”

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Daniel Barenboim 

Maurizio Pollini, Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado at La Scala (


I maintain music is not here to make us forget about life. It’s also here to teach us about life: the fact that everything starts and ends, the fact that every sound is in danger of disappearing, the fact that everything is connected – the fact that we live and we die.

Daniel Barenboim

A valuable and insightful video by great pianist Daniel Barenboim on ‘How to listen to music’

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Glenn Gould

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By Don Hunstein / Glenn Gould Foundation [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

‘At live concerts I feel demeaned, like a vaudevillian.’

Glenn Gould  — Holiday, 1964

Full Art of Piano documentary segment on Glenn Gould. Includes clips from: Bach’s Partita No2 in c minor (BWV 826); Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No1 in d minor (BWV 1052); and an interview on the roles of the performer, composer, and listener. Enjoy!

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Valentina Lisitsa

Valentina Lisitsa : interview + playing Rachmaninoff Warenberg 5th Concerto – Video (YouTube) by PieterdeRooijHolland

The fifth clip in a new series of pianist interviews shared on a Monday as part of The Masters Series. 

“It’s difficult to fight the orchestra over this piece – because they think they own the piece…” Valentina Lisitsa

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