Biography

Mared Emyr Pugh-Evans is an international prize winning harpist from Borth, Ceredigion studying MA (Performance) at the Royal Academy of Music under Karen Vaughan, Head of Harp, having graduated with First Class Honours in her BMus degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff with Caryl Thomas. 

 

A regular recitalist on both the national and international stage, Mared has won numerous awards for her playing including: the prestigious Skaila Kanga Harp Prize (RAM) 2022; the Sir Ian Stoutzker Prize (Instrumental) 2020, the 2019 Nansi Richards Scholarship, the Caernarfon International Harp Festival 2018 & 2014, the 2010 Felix Godefroid Harp Competition, the National Eisteddfod Harp Solo 2019, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2009, the National Eisteddfod Instrumental Blue Riband 2013 and was the recipient of the 2019 RWCMD McGrenery Prize for Chamber Music, the 2019 RWCMD Mansel Thomas Prize, the 2013 John Thomas Memorial Competition and placed second in the CAMAC Harp Competition at the North London Festival of Music 2019. 

Mared has had the honour of playing for HRH Prince of Wales' 70th Birthday Tour, Paul Patterson’s 70th Birthday Celebrations, St David's Day Reception for International Dignitaries on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the 20th Anniversary of the National Assembly of Wales. She made her concerto debut in February 2019 with the Cardiff City Symphony Orchestra and has toured with the RWCMD Symphony Orchestra, the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, the South Wales 6 Counties Orchestra and the Surrey International Harp Ensemble. 

Mared has performed worldwide including: Italy, Thailand, Belgium, Hungary, Paris and has played in masterclasses for: Anneleen Lanaerts, Catrin Finch, Isabelle Perrin, Marisa Robles, Edward Witsenburg, Elinor Bennett, Deborah Henson-Conant, David Watkins.

Awards

Winner Sir Ian Stoutzker Prize (Instrumental) 2020

Winner Nansi Richards Scholarship 2019

Winner - Caernarfon International Harp Festival 2018 & 2014

 Winner Felix Godefroid Harp Competition 2010

Winner National Estieddfod Harp Solo 2019, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2009

Winner National Eisteddfod Instrumental Blue Riband 2013

Winner RWCMD McGrenery Prize for Chamber Music 2019

Winner RWCMD Mansel Thomas Prize 2019
 

2nd Prize - CAMAC Harp Competition at the North London Festival of Music 2019