Tom Hicks

tomTom Hicks is a 21-year-old pianist from Guernsey. He has been awarded first prize in the Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias Piano Competition, first prize and the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA) UK Salver in the Croydon Advanced Piano Concerto Competition, and first prize in the EPTA UK Piano Competition, the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Junior Intercollegiate Competition and the Junior Bakst Memorial Prize for the playing of Chopin. In 2012 he was selected as a semi-finalist in the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition (Salt Lake City, USA) and, in 2014, as a finalist in the New York International Piano Competition. He has also been accepted as a contestant for the 2015 Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, Italy). 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 prestigious gold medal award 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 joint course at The Royal Northern College of Music and The Manchester University. He looks forward to studying with Boris Berman at Yale School of Music from September 2015. Tom also plays regularly to musicians including Christopher Elton and has enjoyed master classes from pianists such as Joseph Banowetz, Boris Berman, Michel Beroff, Philippe Cassard, Peter Donohoe, Peter Frankl, John Gough, Ronan O’Hora, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, Eugen Indjic, Vanessa Latarche, John Lill, Hamish Milne, Jon Nakamatsu, Steven Osborne, Dina Parakhina, Daniel-Ben Pienaar, Pascal Rogé, Martin Roscoe, 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 St James’ Piccadilly and St Martins in the Fields in London, The Pump Rooms in Bath and The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. He is currently undertaking a cycle of the complete Rachmaninov concerti in Guernsey having performed the first, second and fourth concerti as well as the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini between 2011-2014. The final performance of the third concerto will take place on 8 August 2015 alongside the Guernsey Sinfonietta and their conductor, Sebastian Grand. He has also performed Brahms' First Piano Concerto (2014), Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto (2015), Schumann’s Piano Concerto (2015), Mozart’s Double Piano Concerto (2013), Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (2013) and Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals (2012).

As a versatile musician, Tom is a skilled accompanist and chamber musician, and has enjoyed coaching from Francis Brancaleone, Leonard Elschenbroich, John Gough, Ralph Kirshbaum, Elena Nalimova and Jeremy Young. 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, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Rothschild.