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, 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 has performed with singers including Sir Thomas Allen, John Mark Ainsley, Benjamin Appl, Sophie Bevan, Claire Booth, Ian Bostridge, Susan Bullock, Allan Clayton, Sophie Daneman, Joshua Ellicott, Bernarda Fink, Michael George, 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 instrumentalists including Julian Bliss, Andrej Bielow, Adrian Brendel, Michael Collins, Nicholas Daniel, David Garrett, Matthew Gee, Tine Thing Helseth, Daniel Hope and Steven Isserlis; with ensembles including the Elias, Heath, Albion and Szymanowski Quartets, London Winds, Britten Sinfonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra; and with choirs including The Sixteen.
Chris was born in Leicester and read music an organ scholar 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 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 Europe and North America, and toured to Japan, China, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Russia and Canada. He has made over 25 recordings on labels including Hyperion, Decca, Erato, DG, Coro and Signum, and is also often heard on BBC Radio 3.
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. Next year, Roderick Williams and Chris will undertake a nationwide schools tour of Winter Journey. Chris teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music. He is also a course leader for the Samling Foundation and has been an adjudicator for many international competitions.
Recent highlights include recording the piano soundtrack for the film 'Altamira' (starring Antonio Banderas), the world premiere of a newly-discovered work by Mendelssohn on BBC Radio 4, performances at the BBC Proms, a collaboration with the Richard Alston Dance Company, CDs exploring the 'serious' songs of Donald Swann and the folksong settings of Percy Grainger, and 'The Passion' project with Streetwise Opera.
Future plans include a series of concerts entitled 'Songbooks' that he will curate for Wigmore Hall, and a further collaboration with Jeremy Sams, to stage a new English version of Hugo Wolf's Italian Songbook.