Reinis Zariņš
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Biography

(this version for late 2021/ early 2022 only)

“Zarins’ embrace of the music’s monumentality and its intimacy was remarkable. Taking the 20-piece cycle (Messiaen’s Vingt Regards) in a single sweep and playing from memory, he riveted the attention: two hours that could easily have seemed interminable flew by, transcending time, and yet also making it stand still (..) He upped the contrasts in character, with wild ecstasy versus beatitude, and sharpened the sense of musical engineering – spider’s web filigree versus massive suspension bridges of sound (..) But most significant was his realisation of the rainbow gradations of tonal colour.” (Rian Evans, The Guardian)

“Zarins’ breadth of tone is so extensive that one has the impression that each set is played on a different piano.” (Raymond Beegle, ArkivMusic.com)

“Zarins’ performance of Petrushka is one of the most charming accounts of this work I have ever heard.” (Michael Church, BBC Music Magazine)

“Particularly impressive was Zarins’ complete tonal range and his splendid voicing throughout. This was consistent pianism of a high order.” (James Palmer, MusicalOpinion.com)

“The superhuman difficulties of the piece (Stravinsky Petrushka) appeared almost incidental with Zarins focusing on creating a collection of vivid musical effects.” (Robert Beattie, Seen and Heard International)

Truthfulness and beauty: these are the qualities Latvian pianist Reinis Zarins seeks in the music he chooses, in the interpretations he sculpts and in the collaborations he enters. Equally at home in classical and contemporary repertoire, his passion lies in the crafting of conceptual programmes that encourage interaction between music, philosophy, history and theology.

2021/2022 season highlights include a complete performance of Messiaen’s Vingt regards at the Wigmore hall, a premiere of a new triple concerto with Liepāja Symphony orchestra, the touring of Bach’s complete multi-piano concertos with Tallinn Chamber orchestra, a residency with Latvian Radio choir, as well as several special collaborations. During the pandemic lockdowns, Reinis devised a home-concert series that was live-streamed on his youtube channel.

Ever since his concerto debut at the age of ten, Reinis has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout Europe and North America. He has participated in prestigious music festivals including Lucerne Festival, Bath International Music festival and Scotia Festival of Music. His thoughtful virtuosity has delighted audiences at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore hall, New York’s Weill Recital hall at Carnegie hall, and the Tchaikovsky Concert hall in Moscow. Reinis has collaborated with leading orchestras including London Philharmonic orchestra, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, and the Ostrobothnian Chamber orchestra, and with conductors Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Pablo Heras-Casado and Andris Poga, among others. His performances have been broadcast live by BBC Radio 3, NDR, Polish National Radio and King FM, and in 2018 he was Artist in Residence both with Latvian Radio 3 and in the Cēsis Concert hall with his Trio Palladio.

Reinis Zarins regularly performs in his native Latvia and has won the country’s Grand Music Award four times in the ‘Outstanding interpretation’ category. He champions the work of Latvian composers — several of Reinis’ albums are dedicated to Latvian music, including his upcoming disc that takes a panoramic view of Pēteris Vasks’ piano music. During this season, Reinis premieres many new Latvian works, including a triple concerto by Arturs Maskats, a piano trio by Santa Ratniece, and several solo works. For his service to Latvian culture Reinis has been awarded the Order of the Three Stars.

Reinis’ striving for exchanges of beauty in all art-forms has resulted not only in an ongoing collaboration with his Trio Palladio, but also in various multimedia projects including the show Seasons in collaboration with choreographer Kirill Burlov, and a performance project with visual artist Maryleen Schiltkamp.

Following his foundational studies in Latvia, Reinis won several scholarships to refine his talent at the Yale School of Music in the USA and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His most important teachers have included Boris Berman, Raffi Kharajanyan, Christopher Elton and Renē Salaks.

Away from the piano, Reinis enjoys long-distance running, playing chess with his children and reading on philosophy.

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