Huw is currently living in Edingburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Huw's musical background in the South Wales valley of Neath is a rich and varied one: playing the organ at Tabernacl Chapel Cwmgors; accompanying his local Bryncoch Male Voice Choir and the Swansea Bach Choir; playing violin in the Neath Chamber Orchestra and other local amateur orchestras; competing in the Urdd Eisteddfod, playing, singing, accompanying choirs and folk dancing. Though Huw now lives in Edinburgh with his German wife Kristin, daughter Nesta and son Yannic, his Welsh roots are strong and frequently pull him back to play in local concerts, to go back to enjoy an Eisteddfod, or sometimes just to relax in the beautiful Gower peninsula and its beaches.
The path to his becoming a professional baroque violinist was indirect. The Suzuki violin school provided a rich variety of baroque music at the age of 5. Later, learning the organ opened up the world of Bach and led to his going to study music at Cambridge as an Organ Scholar. In 2001 Huw had his first baroque violin lesson with Simon Standage who was a wonderful inspiration during Huw's two years at the Royal Academy of Music. As a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2004, Huw met a wonderful group of friends who still play together under the name Harmony of Nations. He spends many weeks of the year in the beautiful city of Porto, leading the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Musica. He is also regularly asked to lead EUBO and Barokkanerne, Oslo, and is a member of the Dunedin Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
His favourite snacks are Wasabi peanuts or apple pieces wrapped in slices of G35 (It’s a Norwegian cheese, in case you didn’t know!)
Huw has been playing the Mezadri violin since 2010
If you want to learn more about Huw and his music, or want to book him, he will be happy to hear from you via:
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