Tom Hicks, piano

April 27, 2022

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host

Program:

Charles V. Stanford (1852-1924) Prelude, Opus 163 (1918) c. 2’

XXIV. Andante appassionato

Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) Three-Fours Suite, Opus 71 (1909) c. 3’

II. Andante

Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979) Cortège (1932,rev.1978) (4’)

John Ireland (1879-1962) – Piano Sonata (1921) c. 25’

I.Allegro moderato

II. Non troppo lento

III. Con moto moderato

This Dame Myra Hess Concert is dedicated to the loving memory of Helen S. Gore and

is generously sponsored by the Gore Family Memorial Foundation Trust.

Hailed as an artist of ‘magnificent pianism’ with an ‘engaging personality’, Guernsey-born pianist Tom Hicks has been praised for his ‘brilliantly evocative’ (International Piano) and ‘gorgeously creative playing’ (Fanfare). Hicks is a gold medallist in competitions including the Wales International Piano Competition, the EPTA UK Piano Competition and the Croydon Piano Concerto Competition. In addition, he is a recipient of the Gold Medal Award and Peter Frankl Piano Prize from the Royal Northern College of Music, and 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.

After lessons in Guernsey with Mervyn Grand, Hicks studied with Murray McLachlan at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and continued with him on the prestigious joint course at The Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University. Since 2015 he has been based in America, studying with Boris Berman at Yale University’s School of Music and with James Giles at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, graduating with a Doctorate in Musical Arts in December 2021. He has performed in masterclasses with musicians including Emanuel Ax, Joseph Banowetz, Michel Beroff, Andrea Bonatta, Philippe Cassard, Christopher Elton, Peter Frankl, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, Eugen Indjic, Yoheved Kaplinsky, John Lill, Jon Nakamatsu, Steven Osborne, Pascal Rogé, Boris Slutsky, Kathryn Stott, Vladimir Tropp and Simon Trpčeski. 

Hicks has an expansive repertoire and has appeared as recitalist in venues such as The Wigmore Hall in London, The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and in many other venues throughout Europe and the United States. He has appeared as concerto soloist on more than 50 occasions. This includes two complete cycles of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerti. 

In 2019, Hicks released a recording of John Ireland and Tchaikovsky, supported by the John Ireland Charitable Trust. The CD has been celebrated by critics writing for magazines including International Piano, Fanfare, Piano Journal and Classical Music Daily. Two further recordings have been released in 2022. The first for Divine Art, Tom Hicks: Liszt and Ireland Sonatas, features those monumental sonatas alongside music by Charles Stanford, Samuel Coleridge Taylor and Rebecca Clarke. The second for Métier, Blue Sounds, follows premières of Camden Reeves’ Tangle-Beat Blues in 2014, Nine Preludes in 2016 and Blue Sounds in 2019. 

In 2019, Hicks gave the launch recital as Artistic Director of the Fanny Davies International Piano Series, an ambitious project bringing masterclasses and recitals to students and audiences in Guernsey. He is also co-founder and artistic director of Terra Nova, a new music collective in Guernsey.

He is a skilled accompanist and chamber musician and has enjoyed coaching from Boris Berman, Hung-Kuan Chen, Leonard Elschenbroich, Mark Steinberg and Ralph Kirshbaum. Performance highlights include the piano quintets of Schumann and Dvorak with the Coull Quartet and a performance on two pianos of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with Eylam Keshet. As a teacher, Hicks has taught piano at Yale University and currently lectures at Northwestern University, while teaching a private studio in Chicago.

Read program notes here

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Don’t miss Matthew Cohen and Zhenni Li-Cohen

next week on the

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts!

Wednesday May 4, 12:15pm

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