International Piano Festival - Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Piano

Sunday, July 8
8:00 PM

Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner

Program

Beethoven: Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”)
  Allegro con brio
  Introduzione: Adagio molto
  Rondo: Allegretto moderato – Prestissimo  

Rachmaninoff:
  Moment Musical, Op. 16, No. 1
  Prelude in B-flat Major, Op. 23, No. 2
  Melody in E Major, Op. 3 No. 3

Liebermann: Gargoyles, Op. 29   
  Presto
  Adagio simplice, ma con molto rubato
  Allegro moderato
  Presto feroce     

INTERMISSION


Chopin: 
  Polonaise-Fantasy, Op. 61
  Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
  Waltz in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
  Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42    

Liszt: 
  Sposalizio (Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième Année: Italie)
  Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12

Biography

May 2010, at just 13, Llewellyn flew courageously into war-torn Baghdad, Iraq (driven in flak jacket and helmet via armored caravan into Baghdad’s heart), where he was the first-ever American soloist to perform with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra. They performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. The historic concert sounded a hopeful note for peaceful progress and the transition back to cultural normalcy; the event was published and broadcast around the world. Llewellyn’s additional motivation was for it to launch a fundraising drive to create the first Children’s Cancer Clinic in Iraq.

CNN International selected Llewellyn “Connector of the Day” (May 31, 2010) for his humanitarian contributions followed by being nominated for 2011 CNN Heroes.
In Christmas of 2009 Llewellyn performed at the White House for President Obama, the White House staff, and their families, finishing off a year where he also performed for Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his family. Along with visiting genocide memorials and schools, he performed at a gathering of civic, humanitarian, and economic leadership, hosted in Kigali by US Ambassador to Rwanda, Stuart Symington. Return performances in Rwanda are being scheduled on behalf of UNICEF.

Born in California, Llewellyn was admitted to Ventura College at age 5, earning straight A’s, and soon became the youngest person to earn an Associate of Arts Degree. “This young man’s prodigious talent brings to mind the young Mozart and Mendelssohn,” reflected Dr. Burns Taft about the 6-year-old in his advanced music theory course.  Now the youngest freshman ever admitted to the college division at the Juilliard School of Music, he began piano studies at 2, gave his first recital at 4, and wrote his first composition at 5. At 6, he made his orchestral debut as soloist, performing with the Ventura College Symphony Orchestra, the New West Symphony (numerous repeat engagements with both), and the Santa Clarita Symphony. By age 7, he was selected as the youngest-ever Discovery Artist of the New West Symphony, performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G Minor and also performed at Chez Papa Jazz Club in Paris, France and in Canada with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. At 8, he performed in Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic, and several venues in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.

Llewlellyn has performed solo recitals at the Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain, 3 principal recitals at the Banff Summer Arts Festival in Canada, and at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, where Emanuel Ax selected him for a sold-out master class. He was selected to be the Artist-in-Residence at the Canandaigua Music Festival in New York when he was just 12 years old. Llewellyn was also the featured soloist in 16 concerts with the New West Symphony and with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.

Highly committed to social action through music, Llewellyn has helped raise funds for Griffith Conservatory, supporting a program to enable visits for 3000 schoolchildren; the Starlight Foundation supporting seriously ill children and their families; the United Farm Worker’s 50th Anniversary at Kennedy Center, Washington, DC; and Ventura College to support deficits due to state arts budget-cuts. He is also a strong swimmer and avid chess player. Llewellyn has enjoyed acting in the “Much Ado About Shakespeare” Theatre Company in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Twelfth Night,” and as Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet.” He has traveled extensively, performing in Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, England, Egypt, France, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Rwanda, Singapore, Spain, and UAE, as well as several states throughout America.

Llewellyn presently studies classical piano with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky and Ilya Itin, jazz piano with Frank Kimbrough, and composition with Lowell Liebermann. Former principal teachers include Daniel Pollack, Robert Lawson, Dr. Burns Taft, and Julian Martin.