Tom Poster piano
Tom Poster is internationally recognised as a pianist of outstanding artistry and versatility, equally in demand as soloist and chamber musician across an unusually extensive repertoire. He won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2007, the Ensemble Prize at the Honens International Piano Competition, and the keyboard sections of the Royal Over-Seas League and BBC Young Musician of the Year Competitions in 2000. He has performed concertos with the BBC Philharmonic/Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Scottish Symphony/James Loughran, Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Robin Ticciati, Southbank Sinfonia/Vladimir Ashkenazy, China National Symphony/En Shao, St Petersburg State Capella Philharmonic and European Union Chamber Orchestra.
Tom features regularly on BBC Radio 3 and made multiple appearances at the BBC Proms in both 2008 and 2009. He has given solo recitals at concert halls and festivals throughout the UK and Europe, and on several occasions at the Spoleto Festival, by invitation of the late Gian Carlo Menotti. As pianist of the Aronowitz Ensemble (BBC New Generation Artists 2006-2008), he has appeared at the Wigmore and Bridgewater Halls and the Aldeburgh, Bath and Cheltenham Festivals. He also enjoys recital partnerships with Alison Balsom, Guy Johnston and Jennifer Pike, and has collaborated with the Brodsky, Endellion, Medici, Sacconi and Skampa Quartets.
A musician of diverse passions, Tom has presented programmes on Beethoven and Schumann for the BBC, performed and recorded his own Gershwin and Cole Porter arrangements in the UK and Germany, and had his compositions performed extensively, including two chamber operas written when he was twelve. Born in 1981, Tom studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he gained a Double First in Music.