Tom Hicks is a 21-year-old pianist from Guernsey. In 2009 he gained a place at Chetham's School of Music, studying with Murray McLachlan, with whom he is continuing on the prestigious joint course at The Royal Northern College of Music and The Manchester University. 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. 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. He has recently been accepted as a contestant for the 2015 Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano and was also a finalist in the 2014 New York International Piano Competition and semi-finalist in the 2012 Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in Salt Lake City. 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.
Noëlle Grüebler and Olivia Geiser both come from Switzerland, and have performed together as a duo for many years. In August 2015 they will be on tour in South America for the fourth time. Noëlle Grüebler studied at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Master's Degree with distinction 2006) and at the Royal College of Music in London where she finished her studies with an Artist Diploma with distinction in June 2012. She is a laureate of several national and international competitions and a scholarship recipient of the Royal College of Music Foundation, Lewinsohn Morus Fondation Switzerland and Migros-Kulturprozent Switzerland. She has performed all over Switzerland as well as in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Israel, Great Britain, USA and South America. She has appeared in music festivals throughout Europe and South America and in concert halls such as Tonhalle Zurich, KKL Lucerne, Opera Tel Aviv, Regent Hall and others.
Olivia Geiser studied at the Zürich University of Arts where she graduated in 2010, and at the Royal Academy of Music where she graduated with Distinction in 2012. She won prizes in national and international music competitions. In 2012 she was commended in the Carpenter Recital prize and was awarded the Dorothy Bryant Award. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed in countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, UK and she has had several tours in South America. She has given recitals in Regent's Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and has represented her country at concerts at Swiss Embassies and Consulates in Lima, Cardiff and London. She has appeared at the Chopin Festival in Basel and Zürich and the Styriarte Festival in Graz.
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