Credit: Michael Zirkle courtesy of NC Symphony
Credit: Michael Zirkle courtesy of NC Symphony

Grant Llewellyn is appointed Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, succeeding Darrell Ang from the 2015-16 season. This new position in Brittany allows Llewellyn to build on his Celtic roots. He has always maintained close links with his homeland Wales, where he continues to reside, and in 2014 he won the prestigious ‘John Edwards Memorial Award’ for services to Welsh music.  Llewellyn was attracted to the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne’s wide‐ranging mission within Brittany. The orchestra is an invaluable institution in the region, bringing world‐renowned music-making to its cities and villages, and championing Breton music past and present. It is also respected at national and international levels, a frequent fixture at some of the world’s greatest concert halls, including the Southbank Centre, Lincoln Centre, Tokyo International Forum, Rudolfinum in Prague and Konzerthaus in Vienna.

A passionate supporter of youth engagement, Llewellyn is a perfect figurehead for the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne. Each year the orchestra interacts with more than 6000 young people, through workshops, courses and masterclasses. Llewellyn’s outreach projects include Feel the Music with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, designed to help deaf and hard-of‐hearing children and adults access music.

Grant Llewellyn remains Music Director of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, another organization founded for the benefit of an entire state. He has been at the helm of the orchestra for more than a decade, and has established a reputation as a charismatic, energetic and authoritative conductor in music of all styles and periods.