Reinis Zarins

Sidi Okba Reinis Zarins is a classically-trained pianist from Latvia who performs internationally as a soloist, with orchestras and smaller ensembles. At the piano since the age of seven, he studied music and performance at the Mediņš and Darzinš music colleges (Latvia), Vītols Latvian Music Academy, Yale University Music School and the Royal Academy of Music. As a student he won the title Student of the Year; as a competitor, he is a laureate of 11 international piano competitions. His performances are broadcast live on national radio and TV and in 2011 and 2012 were awarded the Best of the Year by the classical music radio station. In 2012 Reinis was awarded the supreme Latvian state award in music – the Great Music Award. As an international artist, Reinis performs on both sides of the Atlantic and in S. Africa. Exhilarated audiences have heard him as a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist in prestigious venues of Europe and the USA. Performances with Pierre Boulez and Ensemble InterContemporain have strengthened Reinis’ interest in contemporary repertoire. His view of music as a means of communication has led to several conceptual projects. Reinis has recorded two critically acclaimed albums Circus and Magic and a recital of Latvian works with classicist Jazeps Vítols. In 2014, he played Bach in Rigā's main bus terminal, collaborated with capoeira dancers in London and performed a triple concerto in Moscow. He performed at the NJ Arts’ Christmas Masala 2013 and lives in London with his wife and three children.