Christopher Glynn performs as pianist and accompanist with leading singers, instrumentalists and chamber ensembles in concerts, broadcasts and recordings throughout Europe, North America and the Far East.
He has performed in recital with singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Claire Booth, Susan Bullock, Allan Clayton, Lucy Crowe, Sophie Daneman, Bernarda Fink, Sarah Fox, Michael George, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Jonas Kaufmann, Andrew Kennedy, Yvonne Kenny, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Henk Neven, Ian Partridge, Derek Lee Ragin, Joan Rodgers, Kate Royal, Carolyn Sampson, Toby Spence, Bryn Terfel, Ailish Tynan, Roderick Williams, Catherine Wyn Rogers and many others. He has also performed with instrumentalists including Julian Bliss, Andrej Bielow, Adrian Brendel, Natalie Clein, Michael Collins, Nicholas Daniel, David Garrett, Tine Thing Helseth, Daniel Hope and Steven Isserlis; with chamber groups including London Winds and the Elias, Fitzwilliam, Alberni and Szymanowski Quartets; and with choirs including 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 at the Royal Academy of Music. His many awards include the accompaniment prize in the 2001 Kathleen Ferrier competition and the 2003 Gerald Moore award.
Since making his debut at Wigmore Hall in 2001, Chris has performed frequently in major concert venues and festivals throughout the world. He has made over 20 CDs for labels including Hyperion, Decca, DG, EMI, Signum, Erato, Coro and Cantoris and premiered works by composers including James Macmillan, Roxanna Panufnik, Judith Weir, Oliver Knussen, Eric Whitacre and many others. He has also made many studio recordings and live broadcasts for BBC radio and television. Chris is a Professor at the Royal College of Music and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music; he is also a course leader for the Samling Foundation and has adjudicated in several international competitions. Chris has devised programmes for the Wigmore Hall and the National Portrait Gallery and since 2010 he has been Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival.
Recent highlights include a Grammy award, recording projects with Julian Bliss and Andrej Bielow, performances in the Barbican’s Britten centenary series and at the BBC Proms, and a series of concerts featuring the complete songs of Ravel which he curated for the Wigmore Hall.
“At Carnegie Hall… pianist Christopher Glynn was an exemplary partner, by turns impossibly delicate, colourfully nimble and thunderously firm.” Opera News
“The intense accompaniment, tackled with breathtaking sensitivity by pianist Christopher Glynn… infinitely subtle dynamic range and some impeccably moulded phrasing… One suspects this repertoire could have found no finer exponents.” Gramophone
“Supporting Royal with the utmost musical sensitivity, Glynn proved a first-rate accompanist – indeed every bit as impressive and inspirational as the wonderful Malcolm Martineau is on the CD recording. Many of these songs required virtuosic pianism, which Glynn tackled effortlessly. At other times, his delicacy of touch was irresistible.” Opera Britannica