Tom Poster

Tom Poster's recitals at Roman River 2012

Beethoven, Chopin and Grieg on Wednesday 3rd October, Fingringhoe Church

Tchaikowsky, Watkins and Haydn with Stephanie Gonley and Richard Lester on Friday 5th October, Fingringhoe Church

I have been wanting to invite Tom to the festival for years. As you will see from his biography below, he has a stratospheric career which is all the more impressive when you hear him introduce his recital in a modest and totally charming way.

Here is his official biography.

Tom Poster has established himself as a sensitive and passionate interpreter of an unusually extensive repertoire. He has been described as “an unparalleled sound-magician” (General-Anzeiger) and a “young lion” (The Guardian). He won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2007 and the keyboard sections of the Royal Over-Seas League and BBC Young Musician of the Year.

“a marvel who can play anything in any style” (The Herald)

Since his London concerto debut at the age of 13, Tom has appeared in a wide-ranging concerto repertoire of over 30 major works, with orchestras and conductors including the BBC Philharmonic & Yan Pascal Tortelier, the BBC Scottish Symphony, Vladimir Ashkenazy, European Union Chamber Orchestra, China National Symphony/En Shao in Beijing and the State Capella Philharmonic in St Petersburg. Tom recently appeared in London and Snape with the Aurora Orchestra playing the Liszt/Scott Bradley Cat Concerto, whose original soloists were Tom and Jerry in the celebrated 1946 MGM animated short.

Tom features regularly on BBC Radio 3 and at the BBC proms as soloist and chamber musician. He has given recitals at concert halls and festivals throughout the UK and in Bonn, Calgary, Hamburg, Leipzig, Paris and the Spoleto Festival. Tom recently gave the world premiere of a solo piano work by Benjamin Britten on Radio 3 to mark the composer’s birthday.

As pianist of the Aronowitz Ensemble he has appeared at the Wigmore and Bridgewater Halls and the Aldeburgh, Bath and Cheltenham Festivals. The Ensemble’s debut CD, Climbing the Skies, was released in 2010.

Tom has recital partnerships with Alison Balsom, Guy Johnston and Jennifer Pike, and has collaborated with the Brodsky, Endellion, Medici, Sacconi and Skampa Quartets. This season he gives a series of performances with Steven Isserlis at the Wigmore Hall.

He has 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, where he held a Postgraduate Fellowship, and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he gained a Double First in Music.