John Reid‘s career to date has shown him to be a pianist of notable versatility and range

He has wide experience as an outstanding chamber musician, song accompanist, soloist and exponent of new music.

A graduate of Clare College, Cambridge, John subsequently studied at the Academy with Michael Dussek. While still a student, he won the Gerald Moore Award and the accompanist prizes at the 2003 Kathleen Ferrier and Maggie Teyte competitions. He was also awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence at graduation. He is now an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).

He has developed some notable duo partnerships with fellow alumni, including violinist Thomas Gould, cellists Louisa Tuck and Oliver Coates, flautist Adam Walker, clarinettist Timothy Orpen, and singers Anna Dennis, Diana Moore and Nicholas Mulroy. Recent recordings include the complete songs of William Busch (Lyrita) with Diana Moore, Robin Tritschler and Roderick Williams; he also joined trumpeter Matilda Lloyd for her debut recital on Orchid Classics.

He made his concerto debut in Germany with the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck (Brahms No. 1) and he continues his collaboration with Aurora Orchestra as principal pianist and as a soloist: most recently in a series of the complete Mozart concertos at Kings Place in London, and as a Beethoven-playing T-Rex for the ensemble’s education and outreach programme, Far Far Away. His repertoire extends to Messiaen’s Turangalȋla-Symphonie and Tippett’s rarely-performed Concerto.

John plays regularly with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and mentors on the BCMG NEXT Study Programme. Much in demand as a guest pianist with other leading ensembles, he has performed recently with London Conchord Ensemble, Ensemble Court-circuit and The Sixteen. A parallel interest in cross-arts collaboration has led to collaborations with Poet in the City, writer John Hegley, flamenco dance group Dot Dot Dot and artist Will Lindley.

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