Tom Hicks - Pianist, Rhapsody In Blue
St Nicolas' Church, Newbury, 2nd March 2013
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 is continuing on the prestigious joint course at The Royal Northern College of Music and The Manchester University. Tom also plays regularly to musicians including Christopher Elton, Peter Donohoe and John Gough and has enjoyed many master classes from pianists including Joseph Banowetz, Michel Beroff, Philippe Cassard, Stefano Fiuzzi, Ronan O’Hora, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, Vanessa Latarche, John Lill, Hamish Milne, Steven Osborne, Charles Owen, Dina Parakhina, Daniel-Ben Pienaar, Vladimir Tropp, Simon Trpcezici, Nelita True and Catherine Vickers.
He already has an expansive repertoire spanning from Scarlatti and Bach through to Shchedrin and Silvestrov and has performed in venues such as the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Centre in Salt Lake City, St James’ Piccadilly in London and The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. As a concerto soloist, he is currently undertaking a cycle of the complete Rachmaninov Concerti with orchestras from his island home in Guernsey.
As a versatile musician, Tom is also a skilled accompanist, having studied principally with Elena Nalimova, and is an experienced chamber musician, receiving coaching from John Gough, Valerie Taylor, Jeremy Young and Sara Wolstenholme. He has also received coaching from Stephen Threlfall and Mark Heron in conducting.