I am tempted to say that the concert might be reviewed in a single word –Magnificent! But, on
reflection, that single word (though thoroughly justified) might not necessarily imply those qualities of
profound musical intelligence, warm humanity and formidable technique with which all that we heard was imbued.
Glyn Pursglove ,Seen and Heard International
This Beethoven adventure has reached the don’t miss stage.
Colin Anderson,Classical Source
Williams has that precious ability to shed new light on the
most familiar music, and a nonchalant
technical mastery and singing tone that transform the simplest of melodies into something
exceptional Rian Evans, The Guardian
Llŷr Williams gives notice just by walking on stage that we’re in for an evening of deeply considered, serious music-making. This remarkably intense Welsh pianist is a one man riposte to the culture of show and ‘instant impact’ we now live in . Ivan Hewett,Daily Telegraph
Llyr opened the door to the private and personal Beethoven, giving us all a glimpse at the genius’ innermost hopes and fears, replete with juxtaposing lament and impetuosity. Men of contradictions, both the gargantuan and unassuming sides of Beethoven and Llyr come across in their personalities and music. Lucy Jeffery, Seen and Heard International,
Williams reminded us that the outward straightforwardness of the Op31 No3 sonata is so much more
than that in the hands of an enquiring musical brain’ Ken Walton, The Scotsman
I had been struck by Williams' relaxed demeanour when he directed the SCO in Beethoven's First Piano Concerto in November 2014. That was no one off; no matter the technical or expressive demands, Williams seems to deliver with calm assurance. Alan Coady, Bachtrack
...Williams’ own transcriptions of three episodes from Parsifal: 21 minutes encapsulating Williams’ complete understanding of Wagner’s music as well as his technical virtuosity /International Piano
It was universally acknowledged (among the cognoscenti in the hall) that one unexpected high point
of the whole competition was Llŷr’s transcendently dramatic performance of Schubert’s ‘Erl konig’, which left the soloist...
somewhat outclassed. Simon Rees, BBC Music Magazine