Carwyn Jones Cello NEXT Musician 2019-20 Carwyn began his training with Judith Daniel, before continuing with Sharon McKinley. At Royal Holloway he studied with Ben Davies, as well as recieving tuition from Stewart King of CHROMA and Mary Dullea of the Fidelio Trio. Carwyn has also taken part in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis (Bach Suite 5), and Nia Harries (Debussy Cello Sonata, Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto); as well as receiving extra tuition from Jonathan Byers (Shostakovich Cello Concerto), and Bozidar Vukotic (Penderecki Cello Suite). As a soloist Carwyn has experience performing a wide variety of works, from baroque to contemporary. In the 2013 Urdd National Eisteddfod Carwyn won the Under 19 Strings solo category. Coupled with winning the Intrumental Ensemble and Duet categories, he was awarded the scholarship for Most Promising Musician from across the festival. Whilst at Royal Holloway, Carwyn won the annual Concerto Competition, and was awarded the opportunity to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Royal Holloway Symphony Orchestra. Carwyn was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales for six years, including three years as co-principal Cello. He also took part in their tour of Germany alongside harpist Catrin Finch. Carwyn recently co-founded his own flexible ensemble, Epoch Ensemble, specialising in contemporary classical works. Working with composers they aim to provide at least one premiere in each of their concerts, often performing their own works. The Epoch Ensemble made their debut at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, in the semi-final of their 2019 Chamber Music Competition. His orchestral experience includes playing as part of Brecon Baroque Festival Orchestra under the leadership of Rachel Podger, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, London Musical Theatre Orchestra, and Ashford Baroque Ensemble; and has played alongside London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Mozart Players, and Sinfonia Cymru.