International Prize-Winning Harpist
Mared Emyr Pugh-Evans is an international prize winning harpist from Borth, Ceredigion. She is a freelance musician based in London and works with the Music for Life programme at Wigmore Hall. From September 2022 to July 2023 she was an Open Academy Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music's Learning and Participation programme. She graduated with an MA (Performance - 1st Class), LRAM and DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music in 2022 having studied under Karen Vaughan, Head of Harp and received her First Class Honours BMus degree in 2020 from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff with Caryl Thomas.
A regular recitalist on both national and international stages, Mared has won numerous awards for her playing including the prestigious 2022 National Eisteddfod Blue Riband for instrumentalists 19 and over; 2022 USA International Harp Competition 6th Place (HarpMasters Prize); Skaila Kanga Harp Prize (RAM) 2022; the Sir Ian Stoutzker Prize for the most Outstanding Instrumentalist 2020; Caernarfon International Harp Competition 2018 & 2014; the Nansi Richards Scholarship 2019; the National Eisteddfod 2019 and is a former winner of the National Eisteddfod Blue Riband for instrumentalists. She was the recipient of the 2019 RWCMD McGrenery Prize for Chamber Music, the 2019 RWCMD Mansel Thomas Prize, and placed second in the CAMAC Harp Competition at the North London Festival of Music.
Mared would like to thank the following for their generous support: James Pantyfedwen Foundation; Help Musicians; Cronfa Goffa Ryan Davies and the Dr Daniel Williams' Educational Fund. Diolch o galon.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Mared excelled and enchanted the audience with her musicianship and mastery of her instrument"