Christopher Glynn
Pianist
Christopher Glynn

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Christopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist. He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, programming around 60 events each year in the many beautiful and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

Described by The Times as having ‘beauties and insights aplenty’ and praised in Gramophone for his ‘breathtaking sensitivity’, Chris performs with leading artists throughout the world. He has partnered singers including Sir Thomas Allen, John Mark Ainsley, Benjamin Appl, Mary Bevan, Sophie Bevan, Claire Booth, Ian Bostridge, Susan Bullock, Allan Clayton, Dame Sarah Connolly, Sophie Daneman, Joshua Ellicott, Bernarda Fink, Michael George, Kishani Jayasinghe, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Christiane Karg, Jonas Kaufmann, Yvonne Kenny, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Rowan Pierce, Joan Rodgers, Kate Royal, Kathryn Rudge, Toby Spence, Nicky Spence, Michael Spyres, Bryn Terfel, Sir John Tomlinson, Robin Tritschler, Ailish Tynan, Roderick Williams, Elizabeth Watts and many others.

He has also performed with many instrumentalists, including Rachel Podger, Julian Bliss, Andrej Bielow, Adrian Brendel, Nicholas Daniel, Matthew Gee, Daniel Hope, Steven Isserlis and Adam Walker; with ensembles including the Elias, Heath and Albion Quartets, London Winds, Britten Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra; and with choirs including the Eric Whitacre Singers and The Sixteen.

A regular artist at Wigmore Hall, Chris also performs in major concert venues and festivals throughout Europe, appearing at the BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre, Aldeburgh, Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder and Edinburgh festivals, and touring throughout Europe and to USA, Japan, China, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Russia and Canada. He has made many CD recordings and is often heard on BBC Radio 3.

Chris was born in Leicester and read music at New College, Oxford, before studying piano with John Streets in France and Malcolm Martineau at the Royal Academy of Music. His many awards include a Grammy, the accompaniment prize in the 2001 Kathleen Ferrier competition, the 2003 Gerald Moore award and the 2002 Geoffrey Parsons award.

An interest in bringing classical song to a wider audience recently led Chris to commission Jeremy Sams to create new English translations of Schubert’s song cycles. The Fair Maid of the Mill, Winter Journey and Swansong have been performed widely and recorded for Signum Records. Chris and Jeremy have also collaborated to make a new staged version of Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook (‘An utterly and unexpectedly disarming performance’, The Times ★★★★★)

Chris enjoys working with young musicians and is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music. He is also a course leader for the Samling Institute and Britten-Pears Young Artist programme, and an adjudicator for many international competitions. Away from the piano, Chris is President of Chiltern Arts and a Vice-President of Music in Hospitals and Care.

Recent highlights include performing the Schubert song cycles with Roderick Williams (including a nationwide schools tour of Winter Journey), CDs exploring the songs of Donald Swann, Percy Grainger, Grieg, Eric Coates and Hamilton Harty, and The Passion project with Streetwise Opera.

Future plans include CD recordings with Nicky Spence, Matthew Gee, Kathryn Rudge and The Sixteen, a world premiere by Eric Whitacre, and embarking on a project with Rachel Podger to perform and record (for Channel Classics) the Beethoven Violin Sonatas.