Christopher GLYNN


Christopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist working with leading singers, instrumentalists and ensembles in concerts, broadcasts and recordings throughout the world. He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival.

Described by The Times as ‘a superb accompanist’ and praised in Gramophone for his ‘breathtaking sensitivity’, Chris has performed in recital with singers including Sir Thomas Allen, John Mark Ainsley, Sophie Bevan, Claire Booth, Susan Bullock, Joseph Calleja, Allan Clayton, Lucy Crowe, Sophie Daneman, Bernarda Fink, Sarah Fox, Michael George, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Christiane Karg, Jonas Kaufmann, Andrew Kennedy, Yvonne Kenny, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Ian Partridge, Joan Rodgers, Kate Royal, Toby Spence, Bryn Terfel, Robin Tritschler, Ailish Tynan, Roderick Williams, Catherine Wyn Rogers, Elizabeth Watts and many others.

He also has performed with instrumentalists including Julian Bliss, Andrej Bielow, Adrian Brendel, Michael Collins, Nicholas Daniel, David Garrett, Tine Thing Helseth, Daniel Hope and Steven Isserlis; with ensembles including the Elias, Fitzwilliam, Alberni and Szymanowski Quartets, London Winds, Britten Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra; and with choirs including Tenebrae, BBC Singers and The Sixteen.

Chris was born in Leicester and read music at New College, Oxford, before studying piano with John Streets in France, and Malcolm Martineau and Michael Dussek 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.

Since making his debut at Wigmore Hall in 2001, Chris has performed in major concert venues and festivals throughout the world, including the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh and Cheltenham festivals, BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Southbank Centre, Carnegie Hall, Schubertiade-Schwarzenberg, and as far afield as Sri Lanka, Japan, Canada and Brazil. He has made over 20 recordings on labels including Hyperion, Decca, EMI, DG, Coro, Berlin Classics and Signum. Forthcoming CDs include recordings with Roderick Williams, Dame Felicity Lott, John Mark Ainsley, Claire Booth, Andrej Bielow and Julian Bliss. Chris is also regularly heard on BBC Radio 3.

Since 2010, Chris has been Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, programming around 50 events each year in the many beautiful and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire. He has also curated concert series for the Wigmore Hall and the National Portrait Gallery, and commissioned and premiered works by composers including James Macmillan, Roxanna Panufnik, Judith Weir, Oliver Knussen, Eric Whitacre, Michael Berkeley and many others.

Chris enjoys working with young musicians and is a Professor at the Royal College of Music, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, a coach for the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, and a course leader for the Samling Foundation. He has also been an adjudicator for many international competitions.

Recent highlights include recording the piano soundtrack to the forthcoming film Altamira starring Antonio Banderas and Goldshifteh Farahani, giving the world premiere of a newly-discovered work by Mendelssohn on BBC Radio 4, performances at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall and with the Richard Alston Dance Company at the Barbican. Future plans include a series of concerts called Songbooks that he will curate for Wigmore Hall, the world premiere of a new work by Michael Berkeley, Winterreise with Mark Padmore, and the first performances of new translations of Schubert’s song cycles by Jeremy Sams with Toby Spence, Roderick Williams and Sir John Tomlinson.