James Rhodes is certain that Beethoven, Bach and Chopin saved his life. The London pianist’s classical career had an unlikely start: he was 14 when he began piano lessons and was never academically educated in music. Mental health issues forced him to turn down a scholarship and ultimately give up playing. It was only a meeting with the agent of Russian pianist Grigori Sokolov that Rhodes’ fortunes changed. Since 2008, Rhodes has released five albums, three of which were No.1 on iTunes. He is the first classical musician to be signed by Warner Bros Records and has featured in numerous TV series and documentaries. In his live shows, Rhodes creates an immersive experience with a trademark stand-up style that has won both himself and classical music a new following.