Tom Hicks - Pianist

Tom Hicks is a 23-year-old pianist from Guernsey. He has been awarded first prize in competitions including the Wales International Piano Competition, the Croydon Piano Concerto Competition and the EPTA UK Piano Competition. He also played in the finals of the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition (Salt Lake City), the 2014 New York International Piano Competition (New York City) and the 2015 Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano). Alongside competition successes, Tom has won awards such as the Richards’ Prize for Piano and Musicianship and the Dennis Midwood Keyboard Prize from Chetham’s School of Music, the Faculty of Humanities Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, the Keith Elcombe Prize for Best Overall Performance and three Proctor-Gregg Performance Prizes from the University of Manchester and the Gold Medal Award and Peter Frankl Piano Prize from the Royal Northern College of Music. 

After lessons in Guernsey with Mervyn Grand he gained a place at Chetham’s School of Music in 2009, studying with Murray McLachlan, with whom he continued on the prestigious joint course at The Royal Northern College of Music and The Manchester University. He has been based in America since 2015, first at Yale School of Music, where he studied with Boris Berman, and now at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University where he is studying for a Doctor of Musical Arts with James Giles. He also plays regularly to musicians including Dmitri Alexeev, Joseph Banowetz, Michel Beroff, Philippe Cassard, Peter Donohoe, Christopher Elton, Peter Frankl, Ronan O’Hora, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, Eugen Indjic, Vanessa Latarche, John Lill, Hamish Milne, Jon Nakamatsu, Steven Osborne, Dina Parakhina, Pascal Rogé, Martin Roscoe, Boris Slutsky, Kathryn Stott, Vladimir Tropp, Simon Trpcezici, Nelita True and Catherine Vickers.

He has an expansive repertoire spanning from Scarlatti and Bach through to Shchedrin and Silvestrov and has performed in venues such as The Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, The Pump Rooms in Bath and The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. In 2017-2018 Tom completes his second cycle of Rachmaninov Concerti with the Stockport Symphony Orchestra. This follows his first cycle with the Guernsey Sinfonietta and conductor Sebastian Grand in 2015. Tom has also appeared as soloist in Brahms' First Piano Concerto, Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, Schumann’s Piano Concerto, Mozart’s Double Piano Concerto, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals with orchestras across the UK.

As a versatile musician, Tom is a skilled accompanist and chamber musician, and has enjoyed coaching from Boris Berman, Hung-Kuan Chen, Mark Steinberg, Leonard Elschenbroich and Ralph Kirshbaum. He is active as a conductor, having received coaching from Mark Heron and Stephen Threlfall and, in 2012, he co-founded Guernsey based modern music ensemble, Terra Nova. 

Tom is grateful for financial assistance from the BWCI Foundation and Rothschild.

 

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