Guto Pryderi Puw studied Music at Bangor University with composers John Pickard, Pwyll ap Siôn and Andrew Lewis gaining his PhD in Composition in 2002. He became a full member of staff in 2006 lecturing mainly on Composition and Contemporary Music and was appointed as Head of Composition in 2015.
Puw first came to prominence after winning the Composer’s Medal at the National Eisteddfod in 1995 and for the second time in 1997. With regular performances and broadcast on national radio and television he was appointed as the inaugural Resident Composer with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales between 2006-2010, with his Concerto for Oboe winning the Listeners’ Award category at the British Composer Awards in 2007 and …onyt agoraf y drws… (…unless I open the door…) being premiered at the Proms during the same year. His first opera, Y Tŵr (‘The Tower’), will be premiered by Music Theatre Wales at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in 2017.
In 2014 a selection of his recent orchestral works was released on the CD Reservoirs by Signum Records and he received the Sir Geraint Evans Award by the Welsh Music Guild for ‘his significant contribution to Welsh music.’