Edward Reeve

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Edward is a conductor, pianist, organist and répétiteur, currently balancing his performing life with a PhD at the University of Cambridge.

Edward Reeve is a twenty-four-year-old conductor, pianist, répétiteur and organist. Edward was Organ Scholar at Queens’ College, Cambridge, for three years, graduating with a Double Starred First in Music in June 2017. He was subsequently awarded the Aliki Vatikioti Graduate Scholarship to study for a PhD in the orchestration of Wagner’s operas. Edward’s time is currently split between his doctoral research in Cambridge and work on the Music Staff at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, where he has been employed as a répétiteur on productions of La Traviata, Rusalka and Die Zauberflöte. Edward’s operatic conducting credits include productions of Handel’s Jephtha, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Così fan tutte, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Edward has also directed one-act operas by Pergolesi, Salieri and Blow from the harpsichord. In 2016, Edward founded The Empyrean Ensemble, which he has conducted for symphonic music by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Farrenc and Brahms. Their upcoming season includes Mahler's Fourth Symphony, Strauss's Four Last Songs and symphonic works by Brahms. Edward has also worked regularly with choirs for many years, conducting numerous large-scale choral works in Cambridge and in London, where he is the Associate Conductor of the Brandenburg Choral Festival. These projects have included Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass, and Great Mass in C minor, Haydn’s The Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Parry’s Songs of Farewell and Howells’s Requiem. Edward received the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in piano when he was fourteen, and subsequently the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music with distinction in 2011. In a New Year’s Concert in January, Edward will be performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations to complete a six-year cycle of Bach’s solo keyboard works, following annual recitals of the Well-Tempered Clavier, Partitas, English and French Suites. 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 been fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform concertos with a number of orchestras, including Mozart’s 9th, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 27th Piano Concertos, Beethoven’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Piano Concertos, Triple Concerto and Choral Fantasia, Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto, Brahms’s First and Second Piano Concertos, Poulenc’s Piano Concerto, Saint-Saëns’s Fourth Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Second Piano Concerto, Grieg's Piano Concerto and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. 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. Edward also has considerable experience as a continuo player, performing regularly on harpsichord, chamber organ and fortepiano. Edward is the Founder and Director of the Cambridge Brahms Festival (now approaching its fourth season), an annual celebration of the music and life of Johannes Brahms through performances and talks, for which Simon Russell Beale is honorary patron. In Cambridge, Edward has also been President of Cambridge University Musical Society and Vice-President of Cambridge University Opera Society.

Classical, Baroque, Early music, Opera, Renaissance
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Concert, Private event, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Musicologist
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