Read Gainsford

Read Gainsford, Associate Professor of Piano at Florida State University (Tallahassee) is a native of New Zealand. He began full-time music study with top piano teachers, Janetta MacStay and Bryan Sayer, before receiving a grant from the Woolf Fisher Trust and the top prize in the Television New Zealand Young Musician of the Year. Gainsford then relocated to London, where he studied privately with Brigitte Wild, a protégée of Claudio Arrau, before winning a place in the Advanced Solo Studies course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied with Joan Havill, graduating with the prestigious Concert Recital Diploma (premier prix).

Read Gainsford has performed widely in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as soloist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. He has made successful solo debuts at the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, and has performed in many other venues, including the John F. Kennedy Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Centre, Fairfield Halls, Birmingham Town Hall and St-Martin-in-the-Fields. He has recorded for the Amoris label, BBC Radio Three, Radio New Zealand's Concert Programme, and has broadcast on national television in New Zealand, the UK and Yugoslavia. Among his major recent projects is a recording of Olivier Messiaen's monumental Vingt regards sur l'Enfant Jésus, a daunting work of over two hours duration that is seldom performed in its entirety, still less often recorded.

Gainsford moved to the United States in 1992 to enter the doctoral program at Indiana University, where he worked with Karen Shaw and Leonard Hokanson. Since that time he has been guest artist for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and has also given numerous recitals, concerto performances and master-classes. He has appeared at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and the Music Festival of the Hamptons, and has taught several summers at the Heifetz International Music Institute. A member of the contemporary music group Ensemble X and the Garth Newel Chamber Players, Mr. Gainsford has also enjoyed working with such musicians as Jacques Zoon, William Vermuelen, Roberto Diaz, Eddy Vanoosthuyse and Luis Rossi.

Read Gainsford joined the Florida State University College of Music faculty in 2005. Previously he taught at Ithaca College (NY), where he received the college-wide Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004. He has presented many workshops for teachers in Taiwan and serves on Taiwan's International Piano Performance Exam Committee, consulting with music educators there in selecting repertoire for graded examinations, from beginning through advanced levels. He recently made recordings of the examination pieces, which aspiring Taiwanese piano students will receive along with their copies of the music. In 2008 he returned to New Zealand to serve as Visiting Professor at the University of Auckland, where he did his undergraduate studies.