Chris Portrait

Biography

Christopher Gould read music at Clare College, Cambridge before taking up a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music to study accompaniment with John Streets, Malcolm Martineau and Gareth Hancock, supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust. On graduating he was awarded the Her Royal Princess Alice’s Prize for outstanding contribution to the Royal Academy of Music and in 2001 he was made an Associate. He was the first young pianist to receive an award from The Geoffrey Parsons Trust in 1996; this was followed by the first prize in the two most prestigious accompaniment competitions: the Gerald Moore Award (1998) and the Wigmore International Song Competition (2001).

Christopher is staff pianist and coach on several international summer schools and divides his time between vocal coaching and a busy recital career. In the UK he has performed with such artists as Sarah Walker, Ann Murray, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and Geraldine McGreevy at the Wigmore Hall, St Johns Smith Square, the Purcell Room and on BBC Radio 3. Concerts abroad have included recitals at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Opera House in Lille and in Italy, Israel and Japan. Recital projects include a tour of the UK with bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams performing Winterreise in a multimedia presentation for Opera North.

Christopher’s discography includes an English Song disc, The Water is Wide, with mezzo-soprano Diana Moore, and Who are these children?, a recording of Britten songs for BIS records with tenor Daniel Norman. His most recent CD of the Britten Canticles has just been released on Stone records. Future projects include recitals with Geraldine McGreevy (www.themyriadsong.com), and two more CD recordings: Sonnets by Britten and Liszt with Daniel Norman and a disc of new songs by Richard Sisson with Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Roderick Williams and James Oxley.