Welsh cellist Gwyneth George was born on the Mumbles on 27 May 1920 and studied in Swansea, then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with Ivor James at the Royal College of Music in London, with Enrico Mainardi in Rome and Paul Tortelier in Paris.
She was regularly accompanied by Argentinian pianist Alberto Portugheis, with whom she recorded Rachmaninov and Shostakovich cello sonatas for Unicorn in 1971, later re-released on the Guild label, and gave the first performance of Alun Hoddinott's Five Nocturnes and Cadenzas, written specially for her.
Portugheis' Beethoven Piano Society of Europe created the Gwyneth George Award in 1998.
Gwyneth George died on 16 February 2016, aged ninety-five.
Ensemble. Judge not lest you be Judged! - Malcolm Troup reports on the 2012 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe's chamber music masterclass, concert and competition
Winning Ensembles - Malcolm Miller was at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Chamber Music Competition
Ensemble. Refreshing Contrasts - Malcolm Miller reports from the 2009 BPSE Chamber Music Competition
Ensemble. World Class Chamber Music - Malcolm Troup on the recent BPSE chamber music masterclass and competition in London
Ensemble. High calibre - The Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Chamber Music Masterclass with the Gwyneth George Prize, reviewed by Manus Carey
CD Spotlight - Passion and gloom. '... Gwyneth George ... riding the technical difficulties with enviable ease ...' Rachmaninov and Shostakovich cello sonatas, an appraisal by Robert Anderson