Grant Llewellyn (born 1962) is a Welsh conductor with a wide variety of experiences and specialties. He has led groups in orchestral works, oratorios, and operas, and recently has specialized in performances with ensembles using period instruments and period style.
Llewellyn was born in Tenby, South Wales, and began developing his conducting reputation in 1985, when he was awarded a conducting fellow position at the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts. There he learned from several important conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur and Andr� Previn. He later conducted concerts at the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Pops and as assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has made numerous guest appearances with orchestras both in Europe and the United States.
He is the current music director of the North Carolina Symphony. From 2001 to 2006 he was the music director of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston and will continue his association with them as principal conductor in future seasons. Previously, he was the principal conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, Antwerp, principal guest conductor of the Stavanger Symfoniorkester in Stavanger, Norway, and associate guest conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Also a conductor of opera, Llewellyn has led performances at the English National Opera (Die Zauberfl�te) and the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He developed an association with stage director Chen-Shi Zheng with a 2001 production of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Spoleto Festival USA. He also conducted a 2003 new production of Jules Massenet�s Manon at Opera North. More recently he conducted at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.