Reinis Zariņš is one of Latvia’s most striking talents, a master of carefully conceived interpretations, a brilliant solo and chamber music performer, creator of conceptual interdisciplinary art projects.
Reinis learned to play the piano at the age of seven and made his solo debut with an orchestra when he was just 10; he is a prize-winner of several international pianist competitions. He is also a three time winner of Latvia’s Grand Music Award (2011, 2013, 2015).
Zariņš has participated in numerous renowned festivals: The Lucerne Festival, the Kremerata Baltica Festival, the Bath International Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Nova Scotia Festival of Music. He has performed in the world’s top concert halls — the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the New York Carnegie Centre’s Weill Recital Hall; Wigmore Hall in London; and Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow. Zariņš has collaborated with conductors Andris Poga, Atvars Lakstīgala, Ainārs Rubiķis, Pierre Boulez, Péter Eötvös, Pablo Heras-Casado, Juha Kangas, Diego Masson; he has performed with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, and leading Latvian orchestras. Zariņš’ performance has been aired on BBC Radio 3, Polish Radio, and radio King FM. His work in Trio Palladio showcases his mastery of chamber music intricacies.
Reinis’ interest in art synthesis has manifested in several fruitful collaborations: a concert where music transforms into painting with painter Maryleen Schiltkamp, as well as production The Seasons co-created with contemporary dance choreographer Kirill Burlov.
Zariņš has recorded several critically acclaimed CDs: studio albums Circus & Magic, Jāzeps Vītols – Works for solo piano, as well as Volfgangs Dārziņš’ Piano Concerto no. 2 and Lūcija Garūta’s compositions for the piano. In 2019, Reinis released his latest album Kreisleriana. Octagon with works by Roberts Šūmanis and Latvian composer Andris Dzenītis.
Following his studies at the Jāzeps Mediņš and Emīls Dārziņš music schools, Reinis enrolled in the Yale School of Music (USA) and Royal Academy of Music in London. The most important teachers and mentors in Reinis’ journey of music are Boris Berman, Christopher Elton, Raffi Kharajanyan, and Renē Salaks.