Christopher Gould read music at Clare College, Cambridge before taking up a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music to study accompaniment with John Streets, Malcolm Martineau and Gareth Hancock, supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust. On graduating he was awarded the Her Royal Princess Alice’s Prize for outstanding contribution to the Royal Academy of Music and in 2001 he was made an Associate. He was the first young pianist to receive an award from The Geoffrey Parsons Trust in 1996; this was followed by the first prize in the two most prestigious accompaniment competitions: the Gerald Moore Award (1998) and the Wigmore International Song Competition (2001).
Christopher divides his time between a busy recital career and freelance vocal coaching. In the UK he has performed with such artists as Sarah Walker, Ann Murray, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Roderick Williams and Geraldine McGreevy at the Wigmore Hall, St Johns Smith Square, the Purcell Room and on BBC Radio 3. Concerts abroad have included recitals at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Opera House in Lille, and in Italy, Israel and Japan.
Christopher has released several discs as both sound engineer and pianist. His broad discography includes song recordings with Daniel Norman, Roderick Williams, William Towers and Catherine Wyn-Rogers. Most recently released are Sonnets, a disc of songs by Britten, Liszt and Dankworth with Daniel Norman, Glorious Quest, an album with Rodney Earl Clark featuring hits from the Golden Age of Broadway musicals, and A New Dawn with Tarsha Cole and Alla Kravkuch, featuring songs in German, French and Russian which bring new hope for 2021. Christopher’s latest release with tenor Norbert Meyn is a premier recording of works by the neglected composer Robert Kahn with Ensemble Émigré.
Future plans include concerts with the Lammas Trio, the launch of a new song recital series in Hertfordshire and, on the lighter side, a disc of cabaret and show songs with Thomas Barnard and Angela Henckel which will evoke a bygone era of wit and warmth featuring Flanders & Swann, Tom Lehrer, Cole Porter, Noël Coward and Ivor Novello.