Rupert Compston (Piano/Organ)
Rupert joined us for the 2011 Christmas concert and jumped between the piano and organ with consummate ease and we hope he will be able to accompany more concerts in the future
Rupert started playing the piano when he was three and, not long after, became a chorister at Westminster Abbey. He was awarded a music scholarship to Eton College, thence an organ scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he has recently graduated with a degree in English.
As a soloist and continuo player, Rupert has worked widely both within the UK, and internationally, performing under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Colin Davis, Stephen Layton, and Harry Christophers. He has worked with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Southbank Sinfonia. A prolific chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Phoenix Piano Trio, with whom he has recorded Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor, and Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin de temps. Meanwhile, Rupert enjoys a number of collaborative partnerships, most recently alongside tenor James Gilchrist, actors Christopher Good and Stephen Fry - with whom he performed Richard Strauss' setting of Enoch Arden - techno artist Dauphin, painter Monroe Hodder, and Hong Kong's City Contemporary Dance Company.
Rupert is currently undertaking an MSc in Resilience at the Defence Academy of the UK, and hopes to commence medical school in due course!