FRIDAY, MARCH 22 AT 7:30PM

LLEWELLYN SÁNCHEZ-WERNER

Visual Artist: Mary Atwood

ST. PAUL’S BY-THE-SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH

2023 Juried Art Show Winner, Elena Øhlander

THE ARTIST

Llewellyn Sánchez-Werner, piano

Winner, 2022 Concert Artists Guild Competition

Phrases like “mesmerizing artistry and extraordinary ability to communicate” (The Post- Standard), “poetic, electrifying” (Michigan Live), “a gifted virtuoso” (San Francisco Chronicle), “a masterful technique and a veritable deluge of sonorities” (La Presse Montreal) have described 25-year-old Llewellyn Sánchez-Werner’s performances that have stirred the intellect and humanity of his audiences on five continents. He was selected as a winner of the 2022 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and has been distinguished as Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded to the most promising American pianists of the new generation. His multifaceted artistry has been featured on NPR, PBS, CNN International, the Wall Street Journal, and WDR-Arte.

Mr. Sánchez-Werner’s recent international performances include The Royal Concertgebouw in the Netherlands, CultureSummit Abu Dhabi, the Louvre and Grenoble Museums in France, Smetana Hall in the Czech Republic, State Philharmonic Hall in Slovakia, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Ashford Castle in Ireland, Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain, and the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Musée des Beaux- Arts de Montreal, and Banff Arts Festival in Canada. In the United States, he has frequently performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, and National Sawdust in New York, the Mary B. Galvin Hall in Chicago, Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, Paramount Theater in Oakland, and the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Art Museum, and Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Mr. Sánchez-Werner performed at the Kennedy Center and the White House for President Obama and now- President Biden, for President Peña Nieto of Mexico, Prime Minister Peres of Israel, and President Kagame of Rwanda.

Committed to public service, he received the Atlantic Council Young Global Citizen Award recognizing his dedication to social action through music in such countries as Iraq, Rwanda, France, Canada, and the United States. Fellow honorees included Robert De Niro. General Petraeus commended his “courageous humanitarian contributions through the arts…strengthening the ties that unite our nations.” On UN World Day for Cultural Diversity, he played with the Iraqi National Symphony in Baghdad, raising funds for the Children’s Cancer Hospital, and in Rwanda, he performed for economic leaders and President Kagame as Rwandans continue rebuilding from the Tutsi genocide. He augmented awareness when he was featured on CNN International. In Paris, he performed at the U.S. Embassy for a special event honoring the visit of the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Muslim Communities, Shaarik Zafar, which was attended by an American delegation and local representatives from various religious groups and civil society advocates.

Renée Fleming, Eric Owens, Marina Poplavskaya, Richard O’Neill, and Cynthia Phelps are among the leading artists Mr. Sánchez-Werner has collaborated with as an active chamber musician. He was Artist-in-Residence at the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival, Discovery Artist of the New West Symphony, and served as music director for a production of Aida at City College Arts Academy in New York. He partnered with the Gershwin family on a concert and biographical tribute to the Gershwin brothers, and performed “Hallelujah Junction” for John Adams at his 70th birthday celebration in New

York. For a Hilan Warshaw WDR-Arte documentary titled “Wagner’s Jews,” which explores the controversy of performing Wagner in Israel and has been aired around the world, Mr. Sánchez-Werner recorded works of Liszt, Wagner, and Tausig.

Since making his concerto debut at age 6, he has performed under the batons of such conductors as Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Peter Oundjian, Karina Canellakis, Michael Morgan, Boris Brott, Tito Muñoz, David Lockington, William Noll, Burns Taft, Robert Lawson, and Karim Wasfi. His long relationship with Michael Morgan, with whom he has soloed with three orchestras, expanded beyond performing titans of the concerto repertoire when they took on the rarely performed Carlos Chávez piano concerto in a performance that received the Ross McKee Foundation Grant. His adventurous programming also took him to perform Philip Glass’s piano concerto, “After Lewis and Clark,” under the baton of Tito Muñoz.

Mr. Sánchez-Werner was awarded a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts YoungArts gold medal in music. Further, he performed Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn concerti in partnership with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and the New West Symphony in 16 concerts for 20,000 North American students to excite more youth about classical music. He continued performing with maestro Boris Brott for an additional 6,000 students as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

A California native, Mr. Sánchez-Werner began his first college degree at age 5, and at age 6 began performing regularly with orchestras. Principal teachers have included Ilya Itin, Boris Berman, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Robert Durso, composition with Lowell Liebermann, and improvisation with Noam Sivan. He has extensively worked with Robert Levin, Joseph Kalichstein, Wu Han, Gilbert Kalish, Robert McDonald, and the Brentano, Borromeo, and Shanghai Quartets.

He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard, where he was awarded the Kovner Fellowship, won the concerto competition, and was the youngest admittee to each program, at ages 14 and 18, respectively. He received an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he was awarded the Charles S. Miller Prize.

For more information, please visit LlewellynSanchezWerner.com

Katie Backus
Vice President
Concert Artists Guild
12 East 49th St., 11th Floor
New York, NY  10017
(212) 333-5200, Ext. 1016
kbackus@concertartists.org

SIGNATURE CONCERT SPONSOR

BARB WENGER

Mary Atwood

VISUAL ARTIST

ARTIST BIO

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

Works are showcased at the concert and at the reception following each concert. Concert attendees are able to meet the artists at the reception. The exhibition remains in place for several weeks and works are available for purchase.

VENUE

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Doors open at 6:45PM

Juried Art Show Winner
Elena Øhlander

FRIDAY, MAR. 22 AT 7:30PM

LLEWELLYN SÁNCHEZ-WERNER

Visual Artist
Mary Atwood

ST. PAUL’S BY-THE-SEA EPISCOPAL CHURCH

SIGNATURE CONCERT SPONSOR

BARB WENGER

THE ARTIST

Llewellyn Sánchez-Werner, piano

Winner, 2022 Concert Artists Guild Competition

Phrases like “mesmerizing artistry and extraordinary ability to communicate” (The Post- Standard), “poetic, electrifying” (Michigan Live), “a gifted virtuoso” (San Francisco Chronicle), “a masterful technique and a veritable deluge of sonorities” (La Presse Montreal) have described 25-year-old Llewellyn Sánchez-Werner’s performances that have stirred the intellect and humanity of his audiences on five continents. He was selected as a winner of the 2022 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and has been distinguished as Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded to the most promising American pianists of the new generation. His multifaceted artistry has been featured on NPR, PBS, CNN International, the Wall Street Journal, and WDR-Arte.

Mr. Sánchez-Werner’s recent international performances include The Royal Concertgebouw in the Netherlands, CultureSummit Abu Dhabi, the Louvre and Grenoble Museums in France, Smetana Hall in the Czech Republic, State Philharmonic Hall in Slovakia, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Ashford Castle in Ireland, Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain, and the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Musée des Beaux- Arts de Montreal, and Banff Arts Festival in Canada. In the United States, he has frequently performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, and National Sawdust in New York, the Mary B. Galvin Hall in Chicago, Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University, Paramount Theater in Oakland, and the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Art Museum, and Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. Mr. Sánchez-Werner performed at the Kennedy Center and the White House for President Obama and now- President Biden, for President Peña Nieto of Mexico, Prime Minister Peres of Israel, and President Kagame of Rwanda.

Committed to public service, he received the Atlantic Council Young Global Citizen Award recognizing his dedication to social action through music in such countries as Iraq, Rwanda, France, Canada, and the United States. Fellow honorees included Robert De Niro. General Petraeus commended his “courageous humanitarian contributions through the arts…strengthening the ties that unite our nations.” On UN World Day for Cultural Diversity, he played with the Iraqi National Symphony in Baghdad, raising funds for the Children’s Cancer Hospital, and in Rwanda, he performed for economic leaders and President Kagame as Rwandans continue rebuilding from the Tutsi genocide. He augmented awareness when he was featured on CNN International. In Paris, he performed at the U.S. Embassy for a special event honoring the visit of the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Muslim Communities, Shaarik Zafar, which was attended by an American delegation and local representatives from various religious groups and civil society advocates.

Renée Fleming, Eric Owens, Marina Poplavskaya, Richard O’Neill, and Cynthia Phelps are among the leading artists Mr. Sánchez-Werner has collaborated with as an active chamber musician. He was Artist-in-Residence at the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival, Discovery Artist of the New West Symphony, and served as music director for a production of Aida at City College Arts Academy in New York. He partnered with the Gershwin family on a concert and biographical tribute to the Gershwin brothers, and performed “Hallelujah Junction” for John Adams at his 70th birthday celebration in New

York. For a Hilan Warshaw WDR-Arte documentary titled “Wagner’s Jews,” which explores the controversy of performing Wagner in Israel and has been aired around the world, Mr. Sánchez-Werner recorded works of Liszt, Wagner, and Tausig.

Since making his concerto debut at age 6, he has performed under the batons of such conductors as Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Peter Oundjian, Karina Canellakis, Michael Morgan, Boris Brott, Tito Muñoz, David Lockington, William Noll, Burns Taft, Robert Lawson, and Karim Wasfi. His long relationship with Michael Morgan, with whom he has soloed with three orchestras, expanded beyond performing titans of the concerto repertoire when they took on the rarely performed Carlos Chávez piano concerto in a performance that received the Ross McKee Foundation Grant. His adventurous programming also took him to perform Philip Glass’s piano concerto, “After Lewis and Clark,” under the baton of Tito Muñoz.

Mr. Sánchez-Werner was awarded a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts YoungArts gold medal in music. Further, he performed Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn concerti in partnership with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and the New West Symphony in 16 concerts for 20,000 North American students to excite more youth about classical music. He continued performing with maestro Boris Brott for an additional 6,000 students as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

A California native, Mr. Sánchez-Werner began his first college degree at age 5, and at age 6 began performing regularly with orchestras. Principal teachers have included Ilya Itin, Boris Berman, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Robert Durso, composition with Lowell Liebermann, and improvisation with Noam Sivan. He has extensively worked with Robert Levin, Joseph Kalichstein, Wu Han, Gilbert Kalish, Robert McDonald, and the Brentano, Borromeo, and Shanghai Quartets.

He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Juilliard, where he was awarded the Kovner Fellowship, won the concerto competition, and was the youngest admittee to each program, at ages 14 and 18, respectively. He received an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he was awarded the Charles S. Miller Prize.

For more information, please visit LlewellynSanchezWerner.com

Katie Backus
Vice President
Concert Artists Guild
12 East 49th St., 11th Floor
New York, NY  10017
(212) 333-5200, Ext. 1016
kbackus@concertartists.org

MARY ATWOOD

VISUAL ARTIST

ARTIST BIO

In addition to its outstanding concerts and educational outreach programs, BFAS also presents an art exhibition from a regional visual artist at each home concert.

Works are showcased at the concert and at the reception following each concert. Concert attendees are able to meet the artists at the reception. The exhibition remains in place for several weeks and works are available for purchase.

VENUE

St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
465 11th Avenue North
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
Doors open at 6:45PM