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Monday's Connector: Llewellyn Sanchez Werner

May 28th, 2010
12:44 PM ET

After years of being ravaged by war, the Iraqi capital of Baghdad is finally getting a bit of pizzaz back in its step as the city's symphony orchestra begins drawing in big name musical guests to its concert halls.

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Llewellyn Kingman Sanchez Werner is a 13-year-old music prodigy from Los Angeles and recently brought an Iraqi audience to their feet after performing with the national symphony orchestra.

The concert comes as the city struggles to revive its once bustling cultural scene.

Llewellyn studies at the acclaimed Julliard School of Music in New York City and played Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" to the crowd of more than 250 guests.

The American began learning piano at the age of two and composed his very first piece at the age of five.

When Llewellyn was only six years old, he already was a full-time college student studying music and today is studying for his second degree.

He currently studies piano with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Ilya Itin in New York


soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Tell me how we can use music to bring about reconcilliation between the waring factions in Iraq and elsewhere in the Islamic world.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  2. Keira

    Happy Friday!!!

    My question is: with all the budget cuts in schools and music/arts programs getting cut, how can we prevent music/arts programs from disappearing from the school curriculum?

    Thank you!


    May 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  3. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Llewellyn Sanchez Warner and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Llewellyn Sanchez Warner on the following questions:
    – How can your music help the people of Iraq?
    – What is your opinion on the situation in Iraq?
    – What is your opinion on the entertainment and music industry in Iraq?
    – How can we connect the Iraq entertainment and music with other entertainment and music education around the world?
    – What can we expect from you in 2010?
    – How are you inspiring people all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?

    I am awaiting Llewellyn Sanchez Warner’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    May 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  4. Carlton

    Just remarkable. Soft power like this helps and it's what's so required. Good for him. Gutsy..

    May 31, 2010 at 6:35 am | Reply
  5. Louise

    Music is the answer.

    May 31, 2010 at 11:08 am | Reply
  6. Kip

    Do you think that music plays a role in bringing people together? Were you ever worried while you were in Baghdad?

    May 31, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Reply
  7. Desmond

    Who are you fav composers? Do you like any music from today? Lady Gaga perhaps?

    May 31, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  8. Nicole

    If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

    May 31, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  9. erick

    can you make a model for African countries?

    May 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  10. Owen Rushworth

    Do you do weddings?

    May 31, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  11. Carmen Sanchez

    My Dear Llewellyn,
    I am very proud of your global success. I cry of happiness and excitement every time I hear of your performances!! or I see you on the internet. I hope to see you soon and give you a big hug.
    Love very much,
    Auntie, Carmen

    June 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply

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