Reinis Zariņš
Music at my fingertips

Biography

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“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)

Since his concerto debut at the age of ten, pianist Reinis Zarins has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist throughout Europe and North America. Equally at home in classical and contemporary repertoire, his passion lies in the creation of programmes and interpretations that explore the deeper reasons and purposes behind the music, and to share them with his audiences.

Presently resident in London, Reinis Zarins regularly appears in his native Latvia, where he is something of a national treasure, having won the country’s Grand Music Award three times in the category “Outstanding interpretation”. He also champions the work of Latvian composers: 2017 sees the completion of his third Latvian album as well as premieres of a new piano concerto and a cycle of piano works written for Zarins by the leading composers of Latvia.

Laureate of 11 international competitions, Zarins has appeared in various music festivals, including Lucerne Festival, Bath International Music festival and Scotia Festival of Music. His thoughtful virtuosity has gathered audiences in Wigmore hall in London, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, New York’s Weill Recital hall in Carnegie hall, and Tchaikovsky Concert hall in Moscow. Zarins has collaborated with leading orchestras, like Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Ostrobothnian Chamber orchestra, and conductors Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Pablo Heras-Casado and Diego Masson, among others.

In addition, he strives to intensify the impact of live music by developing new multimedia projects – for example, the show Seasons in collaboration with choreographer Kirill Burlov, as well as MusicPaintingLive project with painter Maryleen Schiltkamp.

After his foundational studies in Latvia, Zarins won several scholarships to refine his talent at Yale School of Music (USA) and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His current discography, blog and other relevant information can be found on his website (http://reiniszarins.com), Facebook page and YouTube.