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. During the 2015/16 season he has featured regularly as a soloist with the group: as part of a complete Mozart concerto series at Kings Place in London, at the Aldeburgh Festival and in collaboration with Poet in the City.

In February 2013 he curated a series for the Britten centenary at Kings Place, which also incorporated new works by Simon Holt, Jonathan Dove and Martin Suckling. Other current and recent projects have included concerts of Schumann and Brahms with The Sixteen in London, Manchester and Bruges; concertos by Mozart (K. 271, K.595 and K.453 with the London Haydn Project), Shostakovitch (No.1) and Brahms (No. 2); recitals at Wigmore Hall and around the UK to mark the centenary of Kathleen Ferrier’s birth; appearances at both the Oxford Chamber Music Festival and the Oxford Lieder Festival (as part of a complete Schubert song survey); and recitals at Lille Opera and at the Royal Festival Hall (Janáček The Diary of One Who Disappeared, with Nicholas Mulroy). 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.

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.