“aching tenderness . . . and glorious triumph”
- The Guardian
James Rhodes’ rise to become one of today’s most inspiring and original pianists is among the most extraordinary stories in the musical world.
Until the age of 14, James Rhodes had no formal academic musical education or dedicated mentoring. At 18 he stopped playing the piano entirely for a decade.
Fast forward to today.
Since returning to the piano, he has released seven albums, all of which have topped the iTunes classical charts.
James Rhodes has played the world’s most prestigious venues in the UK, Europe, Asia, and South America. He has released seven albums, all of which topped the iTunes classical charts, and authored four books, including the newly released Playlist, a Millennial-friendly intro to classical composers. His best-selling memoir Instrumental, a brutally honest, moving, and compelling story, was almost banned until the UK Supreme Court allowed its 2015 publication (soon to be a major motion picture starring Andrew Garfield).
A passionate champion for classical music, James has made TV programs for BBC, Sky, and Channel 4, including James Rhodes: Piano Man, Notes from The Inside, and Don’t Stop the Music, which raised over £1 million for instruments for UK primary schools.
“performances of such natural ease and brilliance that no one can resist.”
- The Times, UK
“Rhodes's fusion of instinct, mindfulness and individuality stand out in any era.”
“someone [who] manages to articulate a particularly compelling version of the essential power of classical music to connect with the human soul.”
- Ludwig van Toronto
The Glenn Gould Foundation presents pianist James Rhodes – The Beethoven Revolution
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Minor, op. 28 (“Pastoral”)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, op. 90
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, op. 53 (“Waldstein”)
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