James Rhodes is not your typical classical pianist. Yet his passionate playing and rock-star aura could be just what the music needs.
To watch Rhodes in recital, dripping with sweat as he thrashes the last bars out of a Bach-Busoni fugue, is an amazing experience.
His sound cannot be mistaken for that of any other pianist, alive or dead. It is confrontational, brittle, intermittently seductive.
Some of the most perceptive and moving performances of major piano repertoire that I’ve heard for a long time.
Damian Thompson, Daily Telegraph
A pianist who’s very much going his own way, and deserves to take the crowds with him
Geoff Brown, The Times
The Bach is a delight, the Beethoven has real depth, the Bach-Busoni Chaconne is reflective and powerfully charged by turns...An impressive debut
Jeremy Nicholas, Classic FM magazine
Rhodes is a fine musician ..his performance of Bach's fifth French Suite is a delight
Michael Church, BBC Music Magazine
There's nary a trace of amateurism in the upstart's dynamic knuckle pumping
Time Out Chicago
From the outset, it is evident that Rhodes is a thoughtful and attentive pianist.
Richard Whitehouse, International Piano
This is impressive … conveyed with conviction and dazzling technique
Classical Music Magazine ****
Rhodes proves to be a genuinely subtle artist.
Ivan Hewitt, Daily Telelgraph ****
He conjures up a noble tone and despatches the piece with panache…his genuinely poetic gift has been well schooled.
Michael Church, The Independent
Sensitivity and thunder are his hallmarks
Rick Jones, BBC Online
Rhodes is definitely one to watch...a pianist with a rock-star attitude.
Classic FM magazine
James astonished me … he will deservedly go far
Sir David Tang
A major and extraordinary talent
This is a man who, perhaps more than any I have met, has earned your attention and his chance at success.
Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times.