John Bryden has extensive experience as a Solo Pianist, Chamber Musician and Accompanist. He has performed in concerts in the UK and across Europe; France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Hungary; and Princeton, USA. One of John’s great passions is to introduce his concerts with reference to letters and journals written during the composer’s lifetime, which help to set the music in context.
As an accomplished Organist, John has given recitals in Churches and Cathedrals across Europe. He has also played for Choral Societies across the UK.
What the Press said…
‘a vivid pianistic talent.’ [The Daily Telegraph]
‘These pieces (contemporary Soviet piano variations) and some Prokofiev were played with care and committment by John Bryden’ [The Times]
‘..a delicate,thoughtful soloist.’ [The Scotsman]
‘ …his admirable accompanist,John Bryden..’ [The Herald]
‘The Adagio for violin,clarinet and piano arranged by Berg from his Chamber Concerto received an elegant,rapt performance’ [The Oxford Times]
‘…he seemed most at home in Chopin’s Four Mazurkas and Scherzo in C sharp minor,balancing up well their glittering piano technique and emotional restraint.He gave a powerful perfprmance of ‘Variations’ by a modern soviet composer, Edison Denisov’ [The Glasgow Herald]
‘Some particularly fine playing…..’ [The Gramophone]
‘A delightful record, first class performances and superb recording. An indispensable issue.’ [Penguin Stereo Record Guide]
‘Piano duo becomes an opulent orchestra…..’ [Bavarian newspaper]
What the public said
‘Thank you so much for your simply wonderful piano recital. We were all enthralled by your playing as well as much enjoying your choice of music… a most memorable evening’ [a past Rector of Portesham, Dorset]