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James Rhodes


Fri 21 Oct 2011, 8:00pm

Where: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Premium Adult: $89.90
  • Premium Concession: $79.90
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  • Concession: $69.90
  • Restricted Viewing: $59.90
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Described as the “Nigel Kennedy” of the piano, James Rhodes isn’t your average classical musician, the accolades about him speak for themselves “an innovative and imaginative musician of real talent” Gramophone Magazine and “Rhode’s talent burns brightly” wrote The Daily Telegraph.

The concert tour will see James Rhodes open at the Melbourne Festival and then perform in, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.

James dispenses with the formal strait-jacketed approach to conventional classical performance whilst keeping the music itself resolutely core classical. In addition to established classical concert halls like the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Albert Hall he plays at rock festivals, theatres and jazz clubs, getting rid of programme notes and introducing the pieces himself from the stage. This new approach sees his typical audience consist of both established concert-goers and classical first-timers in equal measure.

James has recorded 3 albums; his first two albums are released and available in Australia by ABC Music. His debut album with Warner, Bullets and Lullabies, was released in the UK in December 2010 and went straight to No 1 on iTunes’ classical download chart. Bullets and Lullabies will be release by Warner in Australia on Friday 15th July.

James performed at the Holders Festival, in Barbados, the E4 Udderbelly (Southbank). Cheltenham Music Festival and Latitude Festival where he was the first solo classical musician to play core classical piano repertoire.

In October 2010, James was featured in the BBC documentary Chopin: The Women Behind the Music and is currently presenting and performing in his very own television series James Rhodes: Piano Man both coming soon to SBS.

This year James has been invited back to the Cheltenham Music Festival and will also perform at the Lichfield Festival prior to departing on his UK tour and heading to Australia.

“The joy of James Rhodes is the way he reaches out to young, unconverted audiences by throwing them into classical music’s deep end – Beethoven, Bach – with performances of such natural ease and brilliance that no one can resist.” - Geoff Brown, The Times

Prior to the October concert tour, James will be in Australia for one week only from 17th July and is available for interviews.