Pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner takes center stage Tuesday in the final performance of the Nantucket Musical Arts Society’s 64th summer concert season.
A California native, Sanchez-Werner began his first college degree at age five, and at age six began performing regularly with orchestras. At Juilliard, he was the youngest admittee to the Bachelor’s Degree at age 14 and the Master’s Degree at age 18. He currently studies at the Yale School of Music with Boris Berman.
“This is going to be a thrilling conclusion to a season that has exceeded our every expectation,” said Eva-Maria Tausig, NMAS President. “Llewellyn is an outstanding young musician who is already well-known for engaging audiences with his remarkable talent and musicianship.”
NMAS will also co-host the concert series’ final, free “Meet the Artist” event with Sanchez-Werner at the Atheneum, 1 India Street, at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The informal chat will allow audience members to learn more about the pianist’s early and recent accomplishments, future plans, musical preferences, and other topics. Students and children are particularly welcome.
Sanchez-Werner’s music has already stirred the intellect and humanity of audiences on five continents. His unique and multi-faceted artistry has been featured on NPR, CNN International, The Wall Street Journal, and WDR-Arte. It held deep meaning for him to perform at the White House and Kennedy Center for President Obama’s second inauguration concert.
His performances for global audiences have included the Culture Summit Abu Dhabi, the Louvre and Grenoble Museums in France, Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Ashford Castle in Ireland, Gijon International Piano Festival in Spain, and 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, 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.
The young pianist 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. 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.
Tickets for Sanchez-Werner’s concert are available at the door for $30; with the doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Saint Paul’s Church, 20 Fair Street. Tickets may also be purchased in advance at the Antiques Depot, 2 South Beach St.
For more information about Sanchez-Werner’s Tuesday performance or to learn more about NMAS in general, call 508- 228-1287 or visit the Society online at nantucketmusicalartssociety.org.