A California native, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner began piano studies at age two and began his working on his first college degree at age 5 as a full-time student at Ventura College. By the age of six, he made his orchestral debut as soloist. He then made Juilliard history as the youngest-ever student admitted at 14 to the Bachelor’s Degree and at 18 to the Master’s Degree program, where he is a proud recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded Llewellyn the only Young Arts gold medal for music in 2015.
He performed solo at the White House for President Obama in 2009, and in 2013, for the Presidential Inauguration concert at the Kennedy Center. Llewellyn received the Atlantic Council’s 2014 Young Global Citizen Award, along with fellow recipients Robert De Niro, and former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
He was the first American soloist to perform with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra in Iraq, in a concert that raised funds to support the Children’s Cancer Hospital and celebrated World Day for Cultural Diversity. In Rwanda, he performed for President Kagame and economic leaders to help Rwandans continue rebuilding from the 1994 genocide.
Llewellyn was the Discovery Artist of the New West Symphony and the Artist-in-Residence at the Canandaigua Lake Music Festival. To excite more youth about classical music, he performed 16 concerts for 20,000 North American students; and, for an anti-bullying campaign, he performed “Beethoven and the Bully” for 6,000 students. Presently, he studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky in New York.