Edward is a graduate student at Queens’ College, Cambridge, performing as a pianist, conductor, organist, singer, cellist and continuo.
I have had the pleasure of watching Edward grow into a musician of great stature, having given him his concerto debut in his early teens. He is a no nonsense musician to work with, bringing a wonderfully dry sense of humour which helps him connect with musicians of all standards. Moreover, his playing is simply wonderful and he is a sympathetic soloist. His improvisations are showstoppingly brilliant.Andrew Taylor 17 November 2015
Edward Reeve is twenty-two years old and he has been playing the piano since the age of seven, completing his Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music when he was fourteen. He gained the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music at the end of 2011 with distinction, achieving the same qualification on the organ in July 2014. Edward is a past recipient of the Sheila Mossman Award, and was twice successful in completing the Regional Auditions for the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Edward has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform piano and organ concertos with a number of orchestras, including Mozart’s 9th, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 27th Piano Concertos, Beethoven’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd Piano Concertos and Choral Fantasia, Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto, Brahms’ First and Second Piano Concertos, Poulenc’s Piano Concerto, Saint-Saëns’ Fourth Piano Concerto and Organ Symphony, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Second Piano Concerto, Grieg's Piano Concerto, Bach's complete Brandenburg Concertos (on period instruments with Cambridge University Collegium Musicum and Margaret Faultless), Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Guilmant’s Organ Concerto. In October 2017, Edward performed his own Wagner piano transcriptions as part of "An Evening of Wagner with Stephen Fry and Edward Reeve". Edward has also given recital performances of both Book I and Book II of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, complete Keyboard Partitas and English Suites, and is looking forward to performing the French Suites next January. Other forthcoming performances include Beethoven's Fourth, Fifth and Triple Piano Concertos. As a musical director, Edward has conducted performances of Mendelssohn's Elijah and Lobgesang (Symphony No. 2), Mozart's Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Requiem, Coronation Mass, Solemn Vespers and the 'Great' Mass in C minor, Schubert's Mass in G, Handel's Jephtha (in a fully-staged production), Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and La Serva Padrona, Parry's Songs of Farewell, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Blow's Venus and Adonis, Offenbach's Daphnis and Chloe, Howells' Requiem, Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel and Salieri's Prima la musica e poi le parole. Several of these have been with the Empyrean Ensemble, which Edward founded in 2016: this chamber ensemble is led by Anita Monserrat and makes use of the finest student players in Cambridge, often using natural brass instruments. Edward has also been Assistant Musical Director for Cambridge productions of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress and Charpentier's La descente d’Orfée aux enfers. Upcoming conducting projects include Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, and working alongside Nick Mulroy and Maggie Faultless on a production of Handel's Acis and Galatea. Edward was recently appointed as the Associate Conductor for the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London, for which he has conducted Mozart's Requiem and Haydn's The Creation at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Edward is the Student President of Cambridge University Musical Society, and Vice-President of Cambridge University Opera Society. In April 2017, Edward directed his own festival - the Cambridge Brahms Festival - featuring a series of concerts across the city, with visiting speakers and over a hundred performers, featuring both popular works and rarities, and finishing with a performance of the Second Piano Concerto. A second Festival is planned for April 2018. Other activities in Cambridge have included being on the Instrumental Award Scheme and CamRAM scheme for two years, being Assistant Musical Director for the Cambridge Greek Play 2016 (a double bill of Antigone and Lysistrata) and being the principal continuo keyboardist for the Collegium Musicum. As an organist, Edward has given recitals in venues such as Salisbury Cathedral, St. Paul's Cathedral, Reading Town Hall and King's College, St. John's College and Trinity College, Cambridge. Edward spent his gap year as Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral, where he recorded sixteen discs of organ music on the Cathedral organ. Last summer Edward was awarded a bursary to attend the Dartington Summer School, specialising in Baroque opera, harpsichord and fortepiano. In addition to his keyboard playing and conducting, Edward plays 'cello, natural horn and sings. Edward graduated in June 2017 with a Double Starred First in Music from Queens' College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar for three years. Edward now holds the Aliki Vatikioti Studentship at Queens', studying for an MPhil and PhD in late nineteenth-century music, supervised by Dr Martin Ennis.
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