Pwyll Ap Sion (1968 - )

Pwyll ap Siôn was born in Pembrokeshire in 1968. He studied privately with Welsh composer Gareth Glyn before reading music at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating there in 1990. He was awarded a Vaughan-Williams scholarship to pursue his studies at the University of Wales, Bangor, where he studied with John Pickard, David Gottlieb and Martin Butler and received a doctorate in composition in 1998. He won the Composers’ Medal prize in the National Eisteddfod in 1991.
He has composed music for some of Wales’ foremost performers, including Bryn Terfel, Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, Jeremy Huw Williams, and Llŷr Williams, and also musicians from outside Wales, such as the Japanese group, Ensemble Tozai.
His music has been featured on CDs made by the WNO Brass Consort, Jeremy Huw Williams (Baritone), Iwan Llewelyn-Jones (Piano), the soprano Buddug Verona James, and the Davies Piano Duo.
Eclectic elements feature strongly in his music, ranging from American minimalism and roc and pop music to post-serial techniques, appropriations of traditional Welsh elements, and the use of quotation.

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