Raised in Penclawdd on the Gower Peninsula, and educated at Gowerton Grammar School, Karl Jenkins read music at Cardiff University (B.Mus) and the Royal Academy of Music, London (LRAM). Resisting categorization, his style and integrity has transcended musical boundaries. Adiemus (1995) and The Armed Man (2000) were pivotal to his future oeuvre. He has been invited to compose music for HRH The Prince of Wales, Sir Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Lesley Garrett CBE, Rolando Villazon, Milos and the London Symphony Orchestra. Among the many honours he has received, in the UK and internationally, are: OBE 2005, CBE 2010, two BAFTA Cymru awards. The Hopkins Medal (St. David’s Society of the State of New York), Cymru For the World, and he has been personally decorated by the Presidents of Hungary and Kosovo. He received a knighthood in The Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours List.
(Information as of 2023)