Reinis Zariņš
Music at my fingertips


(the latest version (for 2021) is currently being prepared. below is a dated version from before the pandemic.)

“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,

“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,

“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, Latvian concert 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 music.

Some of the highlights in Reinis’ 2019 diary include his debut with London Philharmonic orchestra in Rachmaninov’s Second Piano concerto, a new collaboration with Bang on a Can cellist Ashley Bathgate, and Beethoven’s Triple concerto with his Trio Palladio partners and Latvian National Symphony orchestra.

Reinis Zarins regularly performs in his native Latvia and has won the country’s Grand Music Award four times in the category “Outstanding interpretation”. He also champions the work of Latvian composers: in 2017, he premiered a new piano concerto and a substantial piano cycle, both written by leading Latvian composers and dedicated to Reinis. Both works have also been released as CD recordings in 2019. Previously, Reinis has released three critically acclaimed albums of classical Latvian piano concerti and solo works.

Laureate of 11 international competitions, Reinis has performed in prestigious 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. His performances have been broadcast live by BBC Radio 3, Polish National Radio and King FM, and in 2018, Reinis was the artist-in-residence both in Latvian Radio 3 “Klasika” and also in the concert hall “Cēsis” with his Trio Palladio.

In addition, Reinis’ passion for seeking exchanges of beauty in all artforms brings fruit in various 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, Reinis won several scholarships to refine his talent at Yale School of Music (USA) and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His most important teachers are Boris Berman, Raffi Kharajanyan, Christopher Elton and Renē Salaks.

When away from the piano, Reinis enjoys playing chess with his children and getting lost in the woods.