As a soloist and recital artist of strong communicative powers and with a flair for eclectic programming, the pianist Christopher Guild has become increasingly in demand throughout the concert halls of the United Kingdom. Recent concerto performances have included J.S. Bach's Concerto in D minor with the Milton Keynes City Orchestra under Sian Edwards, the Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings of Shostakovich with the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven's Concerto No.5 with the Bristol Cathedral Players. Recital engagements have included the Sunderland Pianoforte Society, Seaton Music Devon, the Bath Recital Artists Trust and the Darlington Pianoforte Society.
A sought after collaborative artist, Christopher has given acclaimed duo and chamber music performances and recent highlights in this regard have taken him to the Queen Elizabeth Hall's Purcell Room, St James's Piccadilly, St John's, Smith Square and live on BBC Radio 3. Additionally, Christopher has been called upon by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia as an orchestral keyboardist. Upcoming plans include a solo recital under the auspices of the Park Lane Group at St James', Piccadilly, and a violin/piano duo performance at the Wigmore Hall.
Born in Elgin, Scotland in 1986, Christopher took lessons in piano and violin locally before entering St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh at the age of 13. 2001 saw his victory at the Moray Piano Competition aged 15, making him the youngest ever winner in the competition's history. In 2005 Christopher won a full scholarship to study under Andrew Ball at the Royal College of Music, London, from where he gained a First Class BMus (Hons), the MMus with Distinction, and the coveted Artist Diploma. During this time Christopher was the recipient of the RCM's Frank Merrick Prize 2006, the Beatrice Leigh Prize 2008 and the Sarah Mundlak Memorial Prize 2009.
Christopher Guild's studies at the Royal College of Music were supported by the Dewar Arts Awards, the Robertson Scholarship Trust, the Alistair Maclachlan Memorial Trust, the Cross Trust, The Royal Caledonian Schools Trust, the Hope Scott Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust, the RCM Foundation, a Michael Whittaker Scholarship, and an Ian Fleming Award Award administered by the Musician's Benevolent Fund.
Christopher Guild was also supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and in 2010 was invited to become a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme Artist for 2011-2013