UK’s leading contemporary classical pianist. Modest, compassionate, downright talented. Her gentle guidance combined with Olympic pianistic precision makes Siwan a one of a kind teaching personality. Generiously patient and has a calming presence on students.
Always booked out, as most students who work with Siwan never leave. Her teaching diary for the last 7 years shows nothing but long jeoparty due to her expertise and world-class authority, combined with humour and empathy. Siwan’s website is indicative of her international presence on the contemporary music scene.
Siwan has played at Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, St David’s Hall, Purcell Room, and as part of the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Festival. She has also performed in alternative concert settings with initiatives such as Nonclassical, Live Music Now, and Multi-Story, and has recorded many times for BBC1, S4C, BBC Radio 3, and BBC Radio Cymru.
She’s worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Mahogany Opera Group, Gare St Lazare Ireland, Rambert Dance, and Multi-Story Orchestra, with conductors François-Xavier Roth, Oliver Knussen, George Benjamin, Jesús López Cobos, Richard Baker, and Elgar Howarth amongst others.
Recent concerts include performances of Charles Ives’ ‘Concord Sonata’ in France as part of the Oeuvres Monstres series, Viver’s Shiraz at the Occupy the Pianos festival, several performances of Stockhausen’s Kontakte, and Feldman’s four-hour masterpiece For Philip Guston at the Principal Sound Festival.
Siwan’s wealth of contemporary music experience and rare specialist technical expertise puts her in extremely high demand at the London Contemporary School of Piano from music producers, DJ’s, Classical pianists who require more contemporary knowledge, pianists who require precise technique as well as those who study our Contemporary Harmony Method.
LCSP Coach Siwan Rhys and George Barton together form the percussion and piano duo GBSR. They discussed their recent recording of KONTAKTE, composed by Karlheinz Stockhausen, with Tom Donald. Read the interview transcript here. It was the first piece the duo ever performed together back in 2013.
Download the album, released on 15 Oct 2019 on the ‘all that dust’ label, a new independent recording label specialising in high-quality contemporary music. Read more about Siwan on her own website.