|Alborada del gracioso (from Miroirs)||Ravel|
|Sonata in Ab Major, Op. 110
|Moment Musical in Bb Minor, Op. 16 No. 1||Rachmaninoff|
LLEWELLYN SANCHEZ-WERNER, piano
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner was recently named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. He made Juilliard history at age 14 as the youngest-ever admitee in the College Division.
Mr. Sanchez-Werner performed a solo recital at the White House in 2009 and in President Obama's reelection inaugural concert at the Kennedy Center in 2013. In 2010, he flew into war-torn Baghdad and was the first American soloist to perform in Iraq with the fearless Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra. Under the baton of Karim Wasfi, they performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Grieg's Piano Concerto, defying the international audience of diplomats, U.S. soldiers, and Iraqis of all ages.
General David Petraeus and the U.S. Department of Defense acknowledged Mr. Sanchez-Werner "for the courageous humanitarian contributions through the arts" and for "strengthening the ties that unite our nations," in a Pentagon ceremony and performance.
Other performances include the Gijon International Piano Festival, Spain; Miami International Piano Festival's "Prodigies and Masters of Tomorrow;" a collaboration wiith the Gershwin Family; the Aspen Music Festival; the Golandsky Insternational Piano Festival, Princeton University; Banff Summer Arts Festival and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Canada; and Smetana Hall, Prague, Czech Republic.
In Rwanda, Mr. Sanchez-Werner performed for President Kagame and a gathering of humanitarian and economic leaders, hosted by U.S. Ambassador Symington to help Rwandans continue rebuilding from the 1994 genocide. CNN International featured him on Connect the World as the Connector of the Day on May 31, 2010.
To excite more youth about classical music, he performed 16 concerts for 20,000 North American students with the New West Symphony in California and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. He was invited back to perforn in "Beethoven and the Bully" for 6000 students as part of an anti-bullying campaign.
For a WDR-Arte Documentary, Mr. Sanchez-Werner was filmed in New York, performing works by Tausig, Wagner, and Liszt. He interviewed Helene Grimaud for a Lincoln Center web series. As part of the Beyond the Machine series, he performed modern works in collaboration with Juilliard's Technology Center, Dance, and Drama Divisions.
At 7, Mr. Sanchez-Werner was selected the youngest-ever Discovery Artist of the New West Symphony; at 12, he was the artist-in-residence at the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival in New York.
Juilliard is Mr. Sanchez-Werner's second college experience. He became a full-time student at Ventura College at age 5, where he completed 170 college credits toward degrees in music and international relations.
Mr. Sanchez-Werner, now 17, studies piano with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Ilya Itin, and composition with Lowell Liebermann. Born in California, he currently resides in New York.