Country: Latvia

Reinis Zariņš is one of the most outstanding young Latvian pianists, a two-time winner of the Latvian Grand Music Award (2012 and 2013).

Zariņš is the laureate of eleven international competitions and has participated in a number of international music festivals: Lucerne Festival, Bath International Music Festival, Yale-Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, MasterWorks, Kremerata Baltica Festival, Crescendo and Holland Music Sessions. As a solo pianist, chamber musician and concert soloist, he has performed on both sides of the Atlantic and in South Africa, collaborating with symphony orchestras of Europe, Russia and USA in such venues as Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall, New York Steinway Hall, London Wigmore Hall, St Petersburg Glazunov Hall etc. Collaboration with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös and Ensemble Intercontemporain has fostered his interest in contemporary music and its relationship to the classical repertoire.

In 2012, Zariņš recorded two albums with Champs Hill Records: Circus & Magic, piano compositions of European and Russian composers; and works by Jāzeps Vītols, the founder of Latvian professional music, which, under the title Jāzeps Vītols: Works for Solo Piano came out in May of 2013.

Reinis Zariņš is a summa cum laude graduate of the Jāzeps Mediņš Music School and Emīls Dārziņš Music School in Riga; Yale University School of Music (USA) and Royal Music Academy, London. Among his teachers, he singles out Boris Berman, Christopher Elton, Raffi Kharajanyan and Renē Salaks. Other formative influences have been Claude Frank, Pascal Devoyon, Pierre Boulez, Peter Frankl, Richard Goode, Jesse Levine, Tokyo and Vermeer string quartets.