Reinoud Ford


Born in the UK in 1984, Reinoud started to play the cello at the age of 8.  He studied with Louise Hopkins at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from which he graduated in 2007 with a high-class First. Reinoud has appeared as soloist with the Jupiter Chamber Orchestra in concertos by Haydn, Dvorak and C.P.E. Bach, and also performed C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto in A minor at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland, with the Menuhin School orchestra. In November 2006 Reinoud held a recital for the diplomatic community and government officials in Doha, Qatar.


As a chamber musician Reinoud has toured all over England and Scotland and been invited to numerous festivals abroad, including the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Brazil. As a soloist, Reinoud won the Guilhermina Suggia Gift for a Gifted Young Cellist, and the Gwyneth George Prize from the Beethoven Society of Europe. Reinoud was string finalist in the 2006 Overseas League, London, and winner of the Flame competition in Paris the same year. In early 2009 Reinoud was a founder member of the Idomeneo String Quartet which was coached by the Vogler Quartet and the Hagen Quartet (Rainer Schmidt) in Basel, and by Gunther Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) in Madrid. The quartet toured extensively in Europe. Formative musical experiences include masterclasses from Yehudi Menuhin, Bernard Greenhouse, Mstislav Rostropovich,  Gary Hoffmann, Steven Isserlis, Martin Lovett (Amadeus Quartet), Johannes Goritzki, Lynn Harrell, Heime Muller, Paul Katz, and Alexander Baillie.