7.30pm Thursday, 16th April 2015

Eclectic works showcased by a virtuoso

Christopher Guild piano

C.P.E. Bach: Sonata in A major, w.55/4
Bax: Piano Sonata No.3 in G-sharp minor
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.18 in E-flat, op.31 no.3 'Hunt'
Liszt: Waltz from Gounod's 'Faust'

Christopher Guild Pianist
Scottish pianist
Christopher Guild is in demand as a recital artist, concerto soloist and collaborative pianist, with concert engagements taking him to a wide range of venues across the UK. Performances have included those given at St James’s Piccadilly, the Wigmore Hall and St John’s, Smith Square in London, as well as numerous recitals for music societies under the auspices of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Christopher’s concerto appearances have seen him work with conductors such as Sian Edwards and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra in Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in D minor, along with numerous amateur orchestras in concertos by Shostakovich, Beethoven, Schumann and Haydn. A strong advocate of contemporary and lesser-known repertoire, Christopher has recently begun a survey of the piano works of Scottish composer Ronald Center and his first recording of these was released by Toccata Classics in September 2013 to critical acclaim.

As a chamber musician and ensemble musician, Christopher appeared as a Park Lane Group Young Artist at London’s QEH Purcell Room, and the Wigmore Hall, in 2012 with violinist Diana Galvydyte. Their disc of 20th century Soviet, British and Italian violin and piano works was released on the Champs Hill record label later that year, to critical acclaim. More recently, they were finalists in the Parkhouse Award 2013 at the Wigmore Hall. Christopher has also worked as an orchestral keyboardist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia, appearing under the direction of conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop and Andreas Delfs.

Born in Elgin in 1986 and brought up on Speyside, Christopher Guild studied piano and violin locally before entering St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh aged 13. He returned to Morayshire one year later to take top honours in the Moray Piano Competition - a victory which sees him as the youngest ever winner to this day. Chris entered the Royal College of Music in 2005 as a Foundation Scholar, and remained there under the tutelage of Andrew Ball until 2011, successfully gaining a First Class BMus (Hons), and the MMus and Artist Diploma’s with Distinction. Having recently completed his one-year tenure of the Richard Carne Junior Fellowship in Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2013, Chris now combines an active concert and recording career with his work at the Godolphin School in Salisbury where he teaches piano, accompanies the music students, coaches chamber music and assists with the choral groups and concert programming.

Christopher Guild acknowledges the following organisations for their invaluable support to his studies at the RCM: Dewar Arts Awards, the Robertson Scholarship Trust, the Alistair Maclachlan Memorial Trust, the Cross Trust, The Royal Caledonian Schools Trust, the Hope Scott Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust, the RCM Foundation, a Michael Whittaker Scholarship, and an Ian Fleming Award Award administered by the Musician's Benevolent Fund.

"The rhythmic vivacity and crispness of his delivery, the subtlety of his pedalling, the incisiveness of attack with never a hint of heaviness, and his range of keyboard colour are such that I’m sure the composer himself would have applauded... All in all this is a splendid achievement." - Calum MacDonald, International Record Review.

"Rounded, fully achieved performance...Coiled energy and flashes of melodic grace." - Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph

"Riveting ... a superbly well prepared performance from Guild." - Tully Potter, Classical Source

"Engagingly performed ... 4*" - BBC Music Magazine, December 2012

"A naturally creative and innovatory musician ... Such pianists are rare ... He is a wonderful advocate for new music." - Royal College of Music, London