Biography

John Reid‘s career to date has shown him to be a pianist of notable versatility and range, with wide experience as an outstanding chamber musician, song accompanist, soloist and exponent of new music.

He is a principal of the Aurora Orchestra, with whom he has appeared at the major London concert venues (and at the BBC Proms), in Shanghai,  Brazil and at the Melbourne Festival. He features regularly as a soloist with the group: currently as part of a complete Mozart concerto series at Kings Place in London, and in regular collaboration with Poet in the City.

Much in demand as a guest pianist with a number of other leading ensembles, he has performed recently with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (Aldeburgh Festival 2017), London Conchord Ensemble, Archangelo, London Haydn Project (Mozart concertos K.271, K.595 and K.453) and The Sixteen (a Schumann and Brahms series in London, Manchester and Bruges). He was invited to programme a concert series for the Britten centenary at Kings Place, which incorporated new works by Simon Holt, Jonathan Dove and Martin Suckling; and he has performed regularly in recent seasons at The Sage Gateshead, both as a guest of the Royal Northern Sinfonia chamber music programme and as a Samling Artist.

Notable projects during 2017 include recitals in Germany and the UK with violist Timothy Ridout; a collaboration with soprano Gillian Keith and flamenco dance group Dot Dot Dot at the Buxton Festival in a new work by Tom Randle; and his concerto debut in Germany (Brahms No.1 with Deutsche Philharmonie Merck in Darmstadt).

He has recorded numerous times for Radio 3. On disc, recent releases include trios with the Emanuel Ensemble (Champs Hill Records) and premiere recordings of music by Emily Hall (Befalling, with Oliver Coates and Mara Carlyle), York Bowen (works for two pianos, with Michael Dussek for Dutton Epoch), Clifford Benson and Rhian Samuel.

John Reid studied at Clare College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek. His teachers have also included Christine Croshaw, Malcolm Martineau and Rudolf Jansen. He was a recipient of the 2004 Gerald Moore Award and the 2003 Kathleen Ferrier and Maggie Teyte Pianist Prizes, and he is now an Associate of the RAM. Increasingly in demand as a coach of chamber music, he teaches in London at both the RAM and at Goldsmiths College.