Chris is a Grammy award-winning pianist and
accompanist, working with leading singers,
instrumentalists and ensembles throughout the
world. He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale
Festival, where he programmes around 70
events every year in beautiful and historic North
He has appeared in recital with many leading artists, including Sir Thomas Allen, John Mark Ainsley, Benjamin Appl, Julian Bliss, Claire Booth, Ian Bostridge, Adrian Brendel, Allan Clayton, Dame Sarah Connolly, Bernarda Fink, Dame Emma Kirkby, Steven Isserlis, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Jonas Kaufmann, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Ian Partridge, Joan Rodgers, Kate Royal, Kathryn Rudge, Nicky Spence, Bryn Terfel, Sir John Tomlinson, Robin Tritschler, Ailish Tynan, Roderick Williams and many others. He also performs with a wide variety of chamber ensembles, with choirs including The Sixteen and Voces8, and on historic pianos with artists including Rachel Podger. Recent highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh Festivals, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna Konzerthaus and the BBC Proms.
In 2015, Chris founded Polyhymnia to bring classical song to a wider audience, initially by commissioning Jeremy Sams to create new English versions of song cycles by Schubert, Schumann and Wolf, which have been performed widely and recorded for Signum Records.
His many awards include a Grammy, the accompaniment prize in the 2001 Kathleen Ferrier competition, the 2002 Geoffrey Parsons Award and the 2003 Gerald Moore Award. He has made many acclaimed and ground-breaking recordings and in 2021 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.