Chris Reynolds, piano


  • Aespa (arr. Reynolds) – Savage (2021) (3’)
  • Red Velvet (arr. Reynolds) – One of these nights (2016) (4’)
  • Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881) – Pictures at an Exhibition (1874) (30’)
  • Promenade
  • The gnome
  • Promenade
  • The old castle
  • Promenade
  • Tuileries (Children’s quarrel after games)
  • Cattle
  • Promenade
  • Ballet of chicks still in their shells
  • Promenade
  • The marketplace at Limoges
  • Catacombs
  • With the dead in a dead language
  • The hut on fowl’s legs (Baba Yaga)
  • The great gate of Kiev

American pianist Chris Reynolds has made a name for himself as both a soloist and a collaborator. His performances have been hailed by Opera News as “exquisite,” and played with “jaw-dropping virtuosity.” In addition to being a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School recently began his third and final season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as ensemble pianist for the Ryan Opera Center, where this season he serves as assistant conductor Proximity, a commissioned triptych of operas by Caroline Shaw, John Luther Adams, and Daniel Bernard Roumain.

This season he also makes his debut with San Francisco Opera, serving as pianist for their production of Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, conducted by Donald Runnicles and starring Nina Stemme. In addition, he will make his Kennedy Center debut in recital with soprano Emily Pogorelc, with whom he recently recorded for Deutsche Grammophon’s Rising Stars series. Last season at Lyric he served as assistant conductor for Sir David McVicar’s new production of Verdi’s Macbeth, conducted by Enrique Mazzola and starring Sondra Radvanovsky, as well as Barry Kosky’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Karen Kamensek.

Last season also included performances with L.A.Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series, and the New York Festival of Song. Prior to his time in Chicago, he completed the initial run of Intimate Apparel, a new opera by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage at the Lincoln Center Theater. He has performed at Bayreuth, Carnegie Hall, and Tanglewood as well as collaborated with WQXR, the Kyoto Summer Music Festival, and National Sawdust.

He is a three-time winner of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital Auditions, has been a fellow at both SongFest and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and has worked at the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater as an opera coach/répétiteur. He has given a series of lecture-performances at Columbia University (on Schubert’s Winterreise) and Union College in Schenectady (on Liszt’s Piano Sonata and thematic transformation).

He has been on the voice faculty of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, Mostly Modern Festival and William Paterson University. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he has studied with Choong-Mo Kang, Julian Martin, Margo Garrett, Brian Zeger, Lydia Brown, Jonathan Feldman, JJ Penna, and Cameron Stowe.

His debut solo album, Past is Prologue, featuring all of his own transcriptions from Schumann to Kpop, is available on Lexicon Classics.

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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