Thursday 3rd August 2023
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Penglais
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE
As part of our series of concerts showcasing brilliant young musicians, it is a great pleasure to present Cardiff-born Tomos Boyles, winner of the 2021 Wales international Piano Competition. Tomos inhabits the music with such ferocious intensity that he seems almost to embody the composer, be it Beethoven or Bartok, Rachmaninoff or Ravel.
Preludes: Op. 3 No. 2 in C# minor, Op. 32 No. 12 in G# Minor, Op. 32 No. 5 in G major, Op. 32 No. 10 in B minor, Op. 32 No. 6 in F minor
Sonata No. 4 in F# major Op. 30
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
Selection from ‘Miroirs’: No. 2 ‘Oiseaux tristes’ (Sad Birds), No. 5 ‘La vallée des cloches’ (The Valley of the Bells), No. 4 ‘Alborada del gracioso’ (The Jester’s Aubade)
About the performer
Tomos Boyles is a young Welsh musician developing a career as a pianist. He has performed in numerous venues, including St Martin in the Fields, the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, the Wales Millennium Centre, and the Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
He has enjoyed success in competitions, having recently been awarded the first prize at the Wales International Piano Festival in Caernarfon; this came with a generous scholarship to help fund future studies. Other top prizes include the Blue Ribband at the National Eisteddfod, and first place in the EPTA competition.
Tomos graduated from Christ Church, Oxford University in 2022 with a first-class degree in music, having been the recipient of an academic scholarship during his studies. While at Oxford, he gave recitals at many of the University’s colleges, including Christ Church, Mansfield, and Jesus; he also live-streamed recitals from Christ Church Cathedral during the Covid-19 pandemic when there were restrictions on live music-making. As a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, Tomos studies under pianist Rustem Hayroudinoff, having previously studied with Alison Bowring at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s junior department. Tomos has also benefitted from one-off lessons and masterclasses with pianists such as Joanna MacGregor, Piers Lane, and Artur Pizarro.
General admission is £10.00, with several concessionary options for £8.00. For full information and to book your ticket, please visit the Aberystwyth Arts Centre Box Office or call 01970 62 32 32.