Tom Hicks, who performs two Rachmaninov concertos with us this season, is a 22-year-old pianist from Guernsey who alongside competition successes has also participated in the finals of the 2015 Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy.
Tom has performed in many venues including St James’ Piccadilly and St Martins in the Fields in London, The Pump Rooms in Bath and The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
As a versatile musician, Tom is a skilled accompanist and chamber musician, and is active as a conductor, having co-founded Guernsey based modern music ensemble, Terra Nova. He is currently taking a Masters degree at Yale University School of Music where he studies with Boris Berman.
THERE’S A FANTASTIC MIX OF ESTABLISHED AND YOUNG, EMERGING SOLOISTS PERFORMING WITH THE SSO THIS COMING YEAR.
German cellist Konstantin Bruns from Magdeburg, has been studying at the Hanns Eisler conservatory in Berlin with Professor Stephan Forck since 2008.
Konstantin is an alumnus of the German arm of “Live Music Now” founded by Yehudi Menuhin and was awarded scholarships by the Richard Wagner-Foundation, German Study Foundation, and recently Villa Musica Foundation of Rheinland-Pfalz.
As a soloist Konstantin has performed at various music festivals such as the Piatigorsky Festival in Los Angeles, the Alkan Festival in Hamburg, the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. His performances have been broadcast several times by German radio. Last year he overcame the challenge of almost 100 competitors to become the winner of the first Stockport International Young Musician Competition
Stockport local, Jennifer Pike, is renowned for her "dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique”, and has taken the musical world by storm with her unique artistry and compelling insight into music from the Baroque to the present day. In demand all over the world, she is known as an artist of exceptional integrity and depth, with her ability to "hold an audience spellbound" .
Jennifer first gained international recognition in 2002, when she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest major prizewinner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition. At 15 she made her acclaimed débuts at the BBC Proms where she has since appeared many times. She was recently invited to become an ambassador for the Prince's Trust and Foundation for Children and the Arts, and patron of the Lord Mayor's City Music Foundation.