Grant Llewellyn, Great Britain
Music Director of the North Carolina Symphony, Grant Llewellyn is renowned for his exceptional charisma, energy and easy authority in music of all styles and periods. Born in Tenby, South Wales, Llewellyn won a Conducting Fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts in 1985 where he worked with Bernstein, Ozawa, Masur and Previn. As Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the early 1990s he conducted concerts at the Tanglewood Festival, the Boston Subscription Series and in the «Boston Pops».
To date, Grant Llewellyn's career has led him to hold positions with three European orchestras: Principal Conductor of the Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Principal Guest Conductor of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Associate Guest Conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Notable recent European guest engagements have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic and BBC Symphony.
Grant Llewellyn has conducted many orchestras in North America, most notably the symphonies of Boston, Houston, Kansas City, Montreal, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Calgary and Toronto. As Music Director of the Handel and Haydn Society, America's leading period orchestra, Llewellyn gained a reputation as a formidable interpreter of music of the Baroque and classical periods. Among the highlights of his work with the Society have been staged performances of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in collaboration with director Chen Shi-Zheng, and Bach's St Matthew Passion.
An accomplished opera conductor, Grant Llewellyn has appeared at the opera companies of English National Opera (The Magic Flute) and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where his repertoire has ranged from Alexander Goehr's Arianna to The Magic Flute and Handel Radamisto. In 2001 he embarked on a collaboration with acclaimed Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng in a production of Dido and Aeneas at Spoleto Festival, USA. In 2003 Llewellyn made his debut with Opera North in a new production of Massenet's Manon whilst in June 2005 he conducted the final of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, one of the world's most prestigious singing competitions. His most recent opera project was a semi-staged production of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro in 2007, with the North Carolina Symphony.
Notable highlights in the 2008/09 season include the completion of a major recording project of American music for the Swedish label BIS, and performances of Verdi's Requiem with the North Carolina Symphony. He also has guest engagements with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and at the Round Top Festival.
Grant Llewellyn lives in Cardiff with his wife Charlotte and their four children.