James Rhodes


James Rhodes

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.

Etude for the Left Hand Op. 36