Gwawr was raised on a farm in the heart of Ceredigion, West Wales. She graduated in 2006 from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff where she gained an entrance Scholarship and in 2009 she gained a first class Masters degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, under the tuition of Yvonne Kenny.
Gwawr has had numerous successes over the years in countless competitions and recently came to the final of BBC Radio 2’s Dame Kiri Te Kanawa prize in search for the next young opera star of the future. She has won the prestigious W.Towyn Roberts Scholarship Award, the Lampeter Blue Ribband, the Osborne Roberts Scholarship and the Violet Mary Davies award for most promising soprano at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. She has also won the Solo Competition at Llangollen International Eisteddfod, the Urdd National. In 2007 and 2008 Gwawr was a finalist for the Morriston Orpheus Young Welsh Singer competition at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea and in the summer of 2010 Gwawr made her debut with Glyndebourne at their festival, only to return later in the year to join the Glyndebourne Opera Tour in their autumn/winter season. She is also a recipient of the Elizabeth Evans Trust and a Patron for the Beacon of Hope. Gwawr has also toured as guest soloist with Only Men Aloud on their UK Christmas Tour, and has also had the privilege of performing with the WNO Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra on ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ on BBC Radio 2.
As well as a string of concerts and television appearances in the UK, Gwawr has travelled to entertain audiences in the Americas and the Far East. In the UK she has sung as a soloist at The Royal Albert Hall; The Millennium Centre, Cardiff; Cadogan Hall; Highgrove for the Prince of Wales’ Trust Appeal; Cardiff International Arena; Theatre Royal Drury Lane; Bridgewater Hall; Manchester; Birmingham Symphony Hall; Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow and Wembley Stadium. She has twice been a guest artist at the National Eisteddfod of Wales concert, sharing the stage with Rhydian Roberts and Only Men Aloud. Gwawr also recorded a duet with Bryn Terfel for his 2010 Christmas album.
“Within a comparatively short space of time, Gwawr Edwards has established herself as one of Wales’ front-line singers. She has the voice, the stage presence, the personality and image – not to mention her innate musicality – to become one of the world’s top classical sopranos”.