It is with great delight that we welcome back Tom Poster, who accompanied Steven Isserlis here in 2015, but this time he appears in his own right. Tom 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 has been described as a marvel who can play anything in any style. (The Herald).
Tom Poster studied at King’s College Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He won various major Piano competitions including the keyboard section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2000.
Equally at home directing Mozart and Beethoven from the piano as with Rachmaninov or Ligeti, Tom has appeared with many top orchestras. In chamber music, he collaborates with the Aronowitz Ensemble, the Carducci, Endellion, Tippett and Brodsky quartets; Alison Balsom, Laura van der Heijden, Steven Isserlis and Huw Watkins, all names well known to our festival goers.
As a composer, he has written a piece for Alison Balsom, also The Thoughts of Dr May, co-composed with Alison inspired by Queen guitarist Brian May and most recently a puppet opera, The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak. He has presented television programmes, given masterclasses at Dartington and in Singapore, and he also featured as soloist in the soundtrack of the Oscar nominated, Golden Globe winning score for the film The Theory of Everything.
Tom says “This programme explores songs and the lyrical side of the piano, featuring iconic works of the repertoire alongside pieces which deserve to be heard far more often. It’s also more simply just a collection of music I adore – I find every one of these pieces radiantly beautiful.”
“Lovingly chosen recital – striking in both choice and performance… His sound is warm and beguiling… velvet-tipped sonority.” Gramophone