Jury Christopher Baxter, pianist

Originally from Aberdeen, Christopher studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), completing his BMus (with 1st Class Honours) and MMus (Distinction), where he was tutored by Aaron Shorr, Graeme McNaught and Fali Pavri, as well as receiving regular coaching from the renowned pianist Nigel Clayton. In addition to success in almost every competition, and regular concert appearances within the RSAMD, Christopher participated in masterclasses with Roy Howat, Murray McLachlan, Hyoung-Joon Chang, Imre Rohmann, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake and Martin Katz.

Christopher is in constant demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, and recent performances include recitals throughout the UK, including the Royal Festival, Wigmore and Usher Halls, performances at the Latour and Uzerche Festivals in France, the Alba Festival in Italy, a tour of the Faroe Islands, a solo recital at the Erin Arts Centre on the Isle of Man and recitals in South Korea and Singapore. Forthcoming appearances include recitals with the newly formed ensemble Brass Diversions, a series of performances of the piano works of John Hearne and Eddie McGuire, and solo performances at London’s Steinway Hall.

Christopher has many long standing chamber music partnerships, and as a keen advocate of contemporary music, has been involved the premiere performances of more than 30 works, as well as appearing on several BBC Radio and Television broadcasts. Christopher has been accompanist for several international instrumental competitions and masterclasses with esteemed musicians, and between 2009 and 2010 held the position of Accompaniment Fellow at the RSAMD, where he was awarded the annual Accompaniment Prize As an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music he has toured extensively throughout the UK and abroad.