His path to fame has been fascinating, harrowing, and at this point, well chronicled. He received no formal musical education until 14, and four years later, abandoned the piano all together, for 10 years. Insight into this period of his life was offered in the memoir, Instrumental, which uncovered a difficult and life changing cycle of sexual abuse that has sparked an international conversation.
Since his return to music, he has made it his mission to throw out the classical career playbook and find new an innovative ways to take Bach and Beethoven to younger and diverse audiences.
For his Canadian debut concert James Rhodes will perform an all-Beethoven program entitled James Rhodes – The Beethoven Revolution to mark the 250 th anniversary of the composer’s birth, tickets at www.glenngould.ca or www.rcmusic.com.
James Rhodes joined Mark Wigmore on The Oasis.
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