The pianist talks candidly about his new documentary and the incredible effect music had on him and those inside a psychiatric home
The British classical pianist hailing from St John’s Wood in London who counts Bach, Beethoven and Chopin among his inspiration.
- Rhodes borrowed a CD of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto from his father at age 7 and began learning the piano.
- After attending Harrow School he ploughed his energies into fine tuning his piano skills and entered and failed to become the Young Musician of the Year.
- Rhodes was a big fan of Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov and acquired his first interest from agents after sending Sokolov’s agent a bottle of Krug champagne.
- He recorded his first album in London after meeting a Canadian entrepreneur who encouraged him to revolutionise the recital experience by communicating directly with the audience.
- He counts Stephen Fry and Sir David Tang among his more famed celebrity followers.
- Having performed at a range of venues he was the first classical musician to give a solo recital at The Roundhouse in Camden, London, after its re-opening.
Did you know?
Rhodes became the first classical pianist to be signed to the largest rock label of Warner Bros.
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