ANNETTE BRYN PARRI
ANNETTE BRYN PARRI was born in the village of Deiniolen in Gwynedd, where she still lives. Having studied piano with Rhiannon Gabrielson, she moved on to the Royal Northern College of Music at Manchester to study with Marjorie Clementi. She obtained her GRNCM degree in 1984. While accompanying at Manchester, she specialized in lieder, oratorio and opera, but her particular interest was the Romantic composers.
She became an official accompanist at the age of fifteen. In 1982, she won the Grace Williams Medal for composition at the Urdd National Eisteddfod at Pwllheli. In 1983 she made her first appearance at the National Eisteddfod, at Llangefni, and at Rhyl National Eisteddfod in 1985, she won the Blue Riband for instrumentalists. Today, she is one of Wales’ premier accompanists, as well as being a solo performer in her own right.
In 1984, Annette became a piano tutor for students following B.A. and B.Mus. degree courses, and despite her rigorous concert and recording schedule, she maintains her work as piano tutor and Masterclass teacher.
Annette has accompanied most of Wales’ premier artists, including Bryn Terfel, Aled Jones and Rebecca Evans, and is now one of the most recorded of all piano accompanists in Wales. But increasingly she is being acclaimed as an arranger and solo performer of the highest calibre, as well as part of the piano-harp duo PIANTEL, with harpist DYLAN CERNYW. Her albums on the SAIN label include solo albums, and Piantel.
Her work as pianist has taken her all over the globe, and she has accompanied at London’s Albert Hall on several occasions. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir George Solti, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana have been among her private audiences.