Truth and beauty: these are the qualities Latvian pianist Reinis Zariņš seeks in the music he chooses, the interpretations he sculpts, and the collaborations he enters. Equally at home in classical and contemporary repertoire, his passion lies in the crafting of conceptual programmes that encourage interaction between music, philosophy, history, and theology.
2022 highlights include a complete performance of Messiaen’s Vingt regards at the London's Wigmore hall, the premiere of a new triple concerto with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra,performances of Bach’s complete multi-piano concertos with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, and appearances with the Lithuanian National and State symphonic orchestras. During the pandemic lockdowns, Reinis devised a home concert series that was livestreamed on his YouTube channel. Ever since his concerto debut at the age of ten, Reinis has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout Europe and North America. He has participated in prestigious music festivals including the Lucerne Festival, the Bath International Music Festival, and the Scotia Festival of Music. His thoughtful virtuosity has delighted audiences at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore hall, New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. Reinis has collaborated with leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, and with conductors Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Pablo Heras- Casado, and Andris Poga, among others. His performances have been broadcast live by BBC Radio 3, NDR, Polish National Radio, and King FM. In 2018, he was Artist-in-Residence at Latvian Radio 3 and the Cēsis Concert Hall with his Trio Palladio.
Reinis Zariņš regularly performs in his native Latvia and has won the country’s Grand Music Award four times in the Outstanding Interpretation category. He champions the work of Latvian composers — several of Reinis's albums are dedicated to Latvian music, including his most recent disc of Pēteris Vasks' piano works. For his service to Latvian culture, Reinis has been awarded the Order of the Three Stars.
Reinis’s striving for exchanges of beauty in all art forms has resulted not only in a vibrant collaboration with his Trio Palladio, but also in various multimedia projects including a production of Vasks’ Seasons in collaboration with choreographer Kirill Burlov, and a performance project with visual artist Maryleen Schiltkamp.
Following his foundational studies in Latvia, Reinis won several scholarships to refine his talent at the Yale School of Music in the U.S.A. and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His most important teachers have included Boris Berman, Raffi Kharajanyan, Christopher Elton, and Renē Salaks. Away from the piano, Reinis enjoys long-distance running, playing chess with his children, and reading on philosophy.