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Myvanwy Ella Penny has been firmly established in the world of classical music

for some years as a brilliant and expressive violinist, inspiring audiences and young talent alike with her innate musicianship. Alongside the traditional concert violin repertory, Myvanwy is intensely passionate about reviving and performing lesser known works.

An exceptional talent and much in demand

as a soloist, she gives concert performances with orchestras in Germany and other countries as well as appearing as a regular guest at international festivals such as the Marschner Festival Hinterzarten and Beethoven Festival Sutri in Italy.

Her musical artistry has been well documented in numerous radio broadcasts, CD recordings as well as a musical portrait on German television (SWR).

Following first performances in public at the age of six, Myvanwy Ella Penny was admitted into the Pflueger Foundation for gifted young violinists in Freiburg.

The inspiring work with Professor Wolfgang Marschner here, as well as Ariane Mathäus, impacted hugely on Myvanwy, forming the cornerstone for her success as a musician. During this period she won a number of national and international competitions (several First Prizes at Germany’s National Young Musician Competition,

First Prize at the International Max Reger Chamber Music Competition Sondershausen, as well as the German Radio (WDR3) and

City of Muenster Prize for Classical Music).

After studying with Professor Nora Chastain at the University of Arts in Berlin and graduating with First Class Honours, Myvanwy completed her studies with a postgraduate degree as a concert soloist, receiving the highest commendation for her performance of

Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto.

She became known to a wider audience as a prize winner of the Ibolyka- Gyarfas-Competition Berlin.

Myvanwy has worked with many eminent musicians and teachers including Sir Yfrah Neaman, Prof. Rainer Kussmaul,

the Artemis Quartet and the Jazz accordion player and Yehudi Menuhin favourite, Klaus Bruder.

Myvanwy is sponsored by the Christel Guthoerle-Foundation and the Manfred und Ursula Mueller-Foundation. Until 2012 she performed on a violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume on scholarship loan to her from the Baden-Württemberg State Collection. At present she is playing a violin made by Martin Eppler in 2003.

As well as a top concert performer, Myvanwy is a passionate educator, fiercely committed

to developing young talent within her own violin school.

In her position on the faculty of the

Julius- Stern-Institute for talented young musicians, part of the Music Department

at the University of Arts in Berlin, Myvanwy enthuses and inspires with her dynamic manner of teaching.

She has taught numerous international masterclasses and as assistant to

Professor Nora Chastain at the University of Arts for five years.

Myvanwy performs a broad variety of repertoire with works spanning over four hundred years of music. She has become

a passionate advocate for contemporary

music and has premiered works by well-known composers including Wolfgang Marschner’s "Sonata for Violin and Viola for One Player" which was received with critical acclaim.

Her mastery of challenges such as this have earned her the admiration of music critics,

her “exemplary technique“ for instance extolled by the "Thueringer Allgemeine" newspaper. 

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