Christopher Tainton

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Christopher Tainton (* 1975 ) is a German pianist .


Tainton is the son of the pianist and conductor Justus Frantz and the pianist Carol Tainton. At the age of eleven he began his studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Hanover and later followed Kämmerling to the Mozarteum in Salzburg .

Tainton won several youth competitions and was a scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben .

He is a regular guest at international festivals such as B. the Ruhr Piano Festival , the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival , the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival , the Ravinia Festival Chicago and the Salzburg Festival .

Christopher Tainton gives concerts with leading orchestras, including the NDR Symphony Orchestra , the Hamburg Philharmonic under Gerd Albrecht and Richard Hickox , the Philharmonic of Nations under Justus Frantz, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under Saulius Sondeckis , the Georgian Chamber Orchestra under Liane Issakadse , the London Philharmonic Orchestra , the Orchester de Paris and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach , with whom he has always worked closely.

Tainton is also dedicated to contemporary music and worked with one of the most important contemporary composers, Hans Werner Henze . He played u. a. the world premiere of his Sonatina 1947 in 2003 at the Salzburg Festival; This was followed by the first CD recordings of the Chamber Concerto , the Concertino and the 1st Piano Concerto together with the NDR Symphony Orchestra under Peter Ruzicka (WERGO).

Tainton is one of the few musicians who played before Pope John Paul II in Castelgandolfo .

In addition to his solo work, Christopher Tainton is also a sought-after chamber musician. a. in a duo with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott . He also gave concerts with him and the violinist Baiba Skride at the Salzburg Festival.