Concerto Soloist

Testimonials, Reviews, Repertoire & Media

"I first encountered pianist Tom Hicks as the soloist in the first Brahms concerto with the RNCM symphony orchestra in 2014. In rehearsals, he had so impressed their conductor, Mark Heron, that the latter contacted me to suggest the performance was likely to be something worth seeing. He was right! I too was impressed by a young pianist, not merely on top of the technical challenges of that work, but able to bring to it a musicality and deftness of touch which belied his years. I subsequently engaged him for Stockport Symphony Orchestra and over three seasons, concluding in 2018, Tom played all four Rachmaninov concertos and the Paganini Variations with us in five stunning concerts which were hugely appreciated by our audiences. Tom produces performances of the highest calibre played with warmth and sensitivity and with the technique and temperament to bring off the bravura passages with aplomb but without distracting histrionics. In addition to his obvious technical and musical gifts, Tom is also an engaging personality and, for a concert organiser, has been a delight to deal with.”  

David Lund (Program Manager, Stockport Symphony Orchestra)

"Tom Hicks is an excellent pianist. The depth and maturity in the interpretation of Brahms' First Piano Concerto was exceptional. I can highly recommend Tom."  

Michelle Castelletti (Artistic Director, Royal Northern College of Music)

“Tom launched his narrative in Brahms' Second Piano Concerto with an authority and passion that was almost startling, given his youthful formality. The horn lured the piano out into the rough seas, which the piano rode with brio and assurance, vaulting easily over the dense underpinnings of the orchestra. His calm composure and lack of musical score made it seem entirely natural that a young man of just 26 should spearhead such a formidable musical force. … The next three movements felt like a coming of age. Tom no longer as local boy wonder but fully mature concert professional: sometimes managing jaw-dropping acrobatics with throwaway poise, other times providing the depth and lustre that gilded the whole creation, the emotional focal point that made you want to say ‘Oh that’s what it’s all about’.”   

Julia Meredith,  ‘Guernsey’s Finest Take on the Big Beasts’, The Guernsey Press, 2019.

Above: Tom in rehearsal with the Amati Orchestra and conductor Leo Patsalides, St John's Smith Square, London

Repertoire & Selected Performances

    - Mozart Concerto in E-flat major for Two Pianos, No. 10, K365

         Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, Ewa Strusinska & Sebastian Grand, 2011

    - Mozart Concerto in F major, No. 19, K459

    - Beethoven Concerto in C minor, No. 3, Opus 37

         Aldwych Sinfonia, February 2015

         Guernsey Sinfonia, James Keirle, April 2015

         Burnley Orchestra, Frank Lennon, June 2015

    - Schumann Concerto in A minor, Opus 54

         Torbay Symphony Orchestra, Richard Gonski, March 2015

         Torbay Symphony Orchestra, Richard Gonski, March 2015

         Guernsey Sinfonia, James Keirle, April 2015

    - Brahms Concerto in D minor, No. 1, Opus 15

         University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra, Mark Heron, March 2014

         Royal Northern College of Music Concert Orchestra, Mark Heron, 2014

         Guernsey Symphony Orchestra, Dominic Wheeler, November 2015

         Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra, Robert Roscoe, November 2015

         Stockport Symphony Orchestra, TBC

    - Brahms Concerto in B-flat major, No. 2, Opus 83

         St John's Festival Orchestra, Adam Davies, June 2019

         Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra, Adam Davies, June 2019

         St James Sinfonia, Roger Coull, August 2019

         Stockport Symphony Orchestra, TBC

    - Saint-Saens Le carnival des animaux

         Guernsey Camerata, Mervyn Grand, February 2012

    - Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

         Beenham Wind Orchestra, Robert Roscoe, March 2013

- Rachmaninoff Concerto in F-sharp minor, No. 1, Opus 1

     Guernsey Sinfonietta, Sebastian Grand, July 2011

     Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Harish Shankar, June 2016

- Rachmaninoff Concerto in C minor, No. 2, Opus 18

     St James Sinfonia, Roger Coull, August 2013

     Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Mark Heron, October 2016

     Amati Orchestra, Leo Patsalides, July 2017

     Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Sebastian Grand, 2019

     Weston Jennings, Organ, April 2019

- Rachmaninoff Concerto in D minor, No. 3, Opus 30

     Guernsey Sinfonietta, Sebastian Grand, August 2015

     Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Sergej Bolkhovets, 2017

     Weston Jennings, Organ, October 2018

- Rachmaninoff Concerto in G minor, No. 4, Opus 40

     Guernsey Sinfonietta, Sebastian Grand, July 2012

     Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Mark Heron, October 2017

- Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Opus 43

     Guernsey Sinfonietta, Sebastian Grand, August 2014

     Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Ewa Strusinska, June 2018

- Bartok Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra

     Terra Nova, Guernsey,July 2012

Rachmaninoff Cycles

Tom has performed Rachmaninoff's complete works for piano and orchestra to great acclaim on two occasions. The first cycle was with the Guernsey Sinfonietta and Sebastian Grand (conductor) from 2011-2015. The second cycle was with Stockport Symphony Orchestra from 2016-2018 with Harish Shankar, Mark Heron, Sergej Bolkhovets and Ewa Strusinska (conductors)

Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 4, Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Mark Heron.Live Performance, 7 October 2017.

Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3, Stockport Symphony Orchestra, SergejBolkhovets.Live Performance, 17 June 2017.

Recitalist

Testimonials, Reviews, Performances & Media

"The Kensington & Chelsea Music Society (KCMS) was delighted to include in our last season a piano recital by Tom Hicks from Guernsey with a programme of the finest pieces. So exquisite was Tom's playing and so enthusiastic the response of our audience that we have invited him to return in our current season for a follow-up performance that will again show his profound talent as virtuoso player and interpreter"

Peter Thomas (Chairman, KCMS)

“That slightly dazed silence before the applause began in Beethoven's Sonata Opus 109 was witness to how far we had been transported. For someone in their twenties, the ability to interpret so intelligently the creation of a man tormented by his deafness and hence mortality, is rather magnificent.” 

Julia Meredith, ‘Tom Hicks and Friends’, The Guernsey Press, 2020.


“Tom immediately showed his musical credentials in “Island Spell” with the washes of sound and a magical sense of colour from hands that seemed only to hover above the keys…A transcendental technique allowed him to throw off the many technical challenges with ease and allow the folk idioms and rather pastoral atmosphere to sing out unimpeded. The beautiful long lines in the last Song of Springtides were sustained by lush harmonies that were never allowed to overpower the overall architectural shape…The Seasons by Tchaikovsky were played with the utmost clarity and a real sense of finger legato that allowed the nostalgic melodies and Gopak type dance rhythms to create just the relief from Ireland’s rather personal view of his beloved islands.”

Christopher Axworthy, Tom Hicks at St Martin in the Fields’, Music Commentary, 2019.

Selected Programming and Performances

Galvin Recital Hall, Evanston USA

Janacek In The Mists

Haydn Sonata in G minor Hob XVI:44

Debussy Images - Book 1

Prokofiev Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Opus 84


Wigmore Hall, London UK

Liszt Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H

Ireland 'The Island Spell'

Shchedrin Sonata No. 1

 

University of Manchester, UK

Debussy Preludes Book 1 Nos. 4 & 6

Wuorinen Etude

Liszt Sonata in B minor

 

Wesley Chapel, Harrogate UK

Scarlatti Sonata in E major K162

Beethoven Sonata in A-flat Opus 110

Scriabin Etude Opus 8 No. 5

Stravinsky Trois Mouvements de Petroushka

 

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester UK

Bach-Busoni Chaconne

Beethoven Sonata in E major Opus 109

Chopin Etude Opus 25 No. 10

Chopin-Godowsky Etude Opus 10 No. 3

Prokofieff Sonata in F minor Opus 1

 

St James' Piccadilly, London UK

Bach Partita in E minor No. 6

Ireland 'The Island Spell'

Beethoven Sonata in E minor Opus 90

Beetsterzwaag, Netherlands 
& Bruce Porter Memorial Series, Granby USA

Mozart Adagio in B minor

Camden Reeves Nine Preludes

Schumann Fantasie in C Opus 17

 

St Martin in the Fields, London UK

Ireland The Island Spell

Ireland Sarnia

Tchaikovsky The Seasons

Sprague Recital Hall, New Haven USA

Mozart Sonata in E-flat K282

Schubert Drei Klavierstucke D946

Chopin Preludes Opus 28

 

Chetham's Young Artist Recital, Manchester UK

Busoni Fantasia Nach Bach

Beethoven Sonata in E major Opus 109

Liszt Sonata in B minor

 

Leighton House, Kensington UK

Ireland Sarnia

Beethoven Sonata in A-flat Opus 110

Stravinsky Trois Mouvements de Petroushka

Liszt Sonata in B minor

 

The Pump Rooms, Bath UK

Bach-Busoni Chaconne

Beethoven Sonata in E major Opus 109

Brahms Sonata in F minor Opus 5

 

Chamber Music

Testimonials,Repertoire & Media

"It has been an enormous pleasure for me to work with pianist, Tom Hicks, who must surely be one of the brightest prospects of his generation. He performs with great maturity and artistry, and shows a real depth of knowledge of the music."

 Roger Coull (Coull Quartet)

Repertoire

Piano Quintet

Schumann Piano Quintet

Dvorak Piano Quintet 

Brahms Piano Quintet

Piano Trio

Brahms Piano Trio in B-flat

Fauré Piano Trio in D minor

Rachmaninoff Trio Elegiaque No. 1

Rachmaninoff Trio Elegiaque No. 2

Selected Collaborative Works

Barber Cello Sonata

Beethoven Cello Sonata in G minor

Brahms Cello Sonata in E minor

Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor

Shostakovich Cello Sonata

Bruch Romanze for Viola and Piano

Brahms Sonatas Opus 120 for Viola/Clarinet & Piano

Schumann Three Romances for Violin and Piano Op 94 

Saint-Saens Sonata for Oboe and Piano

Britten Temporal Variations for Oboe and Piano

Beethoven Horn Sonata

Schumann Adagio & Allegro for Cello or Horn and Piano

Piano Duo

Schubert Fantasy in F minor

Debussy Petite Suite

Fauré Dolly Suite

Ravel Mother Goose Suite

Debussy En Blanc et Noir

Debussy Nocturnes (arr. Ravel)

Rachmaninoff Suite No. 2

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion