Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Llŷr Williams
BBT Award 2004

Llŷr Williams - Biography

Llŷr Williams was supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust between 2004 and 2008.  For an up to date biography please visit

Authenticity, acute sensitivity and intellectual rigour are qualities that Welsh pianist Llŷr Williams brings to all his work as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has performed with orchestras including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony and Hallé orchestras, Sinfonia Cymru, I Pomeriggi Musicali and the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. He also appears regularly at the BBC Proms in London and has given many remarkable performances at the Edinburgh Festival. Fast becoming one of the great Beethovenians of his generation, Llŷr Williams has already performed two complete Beethoven Sonata cycles in the UK including an epic two-week period of daily concerts in Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh during the 2011 Festival (for which he won a South Bank Sky Arts Award). 2012/13 season highlights include recitals at Handelsbeurs Concertzaal Gent, his début at the Istanbul Recitals Series, Aschau Festival with regular collaborator Alexander Janiczek, Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with Berner Kammerorchester and Britten’s Piano Concerto with Limburgs Symphony and Galerie Caernarfon where he is pianist-in-residence. Highlights of the previous season included recitals in Glasgow, Steinfurt, Schloss Elmau, Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke’s and East Neuk and Edinburgh Festivals, as well as concerti with Meininger Hofkapelle, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. His latest recording for Signum Classics was released in 2012 – a highly acclaimed all-Liszt CD. Llŷr Williams also has a great love for song and regularly accompanies singers such as Bryn Terfel, as well as being an official accompanist for Cardiff Singer of the World since 2003. After studying music at The Queen’s College, Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music, he was an active member of the Live Music Now! scheme for several years, was selected for the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) scheme in 2002 and the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme 2003-2005. He received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2004 and has been the subject of two films made for S4C Welsh television.

Spending some of the money from the BB Trust Award on replacing the worn-out mechanics of my piano has resulted in my being able to achieve things when practising that were previously impossible. Having also spent a small proportion of the total award on this it means also that I can look forward to spending the remainder of the £20,000 at a future stage. With the support of the Trust I can now feel increasingly secure in my career.

Photographs by John Ferro Sims