Tom Scott

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Biographical Info

Tom Scott enjoys a hugely varied performing and artistic career. He has a busy international concert schedule with his brother, Jonathan Scott, performing as Scott Brothers Duo. This season their performances include concerts across the UK, as well as Germany (Berlin State Opera, European Harmonium Festival), Spain (Madrid National Auditorium), France (Toulouse Organ Festival), Norway (Stavanger Concert Hall), Switzerland (Festival International d’orgue de Fribourg), Belgium (Salle Philharmonique Liège), Latvia (Liepāja Organ Festival), Taiwan (Taipei National Concert Hall), South Korea (Lotte Concert Hall, Seoul) and Singapore (Victoria Concert Hall).

Tom studied piano at Chetham’s School of Music before studying on the joint course at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and at The University of Manchester, where he gained a first class honours degree in music and also won the Musicales Prize, the Shirley Cattarall Award for piano, the Hargreaves Academic Prize, the Proctor-Gregg Prize for performance and the Sir Thomas Beecham Medal for outstanding achievement. He completed his PhD in electroacoustic composition at The University Of Manchester (supported by AHRC funding).

As a composer, Tom’s work ranges from instrumental works to acousmatic compositions and audio/visual works. He was awarded the Musiques & Recherches residency prize in Metamorphoses 2006 (Belgium) and his film “The Projection of Dreams” was screened at the Exposures Film Festival. His work has been performed at festivals in Belgium, Mexico, Spain and Germany. Tom currently lectures in electroacoustic composition at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

As a pianist, Tom made his concerto debut at the age of 17 with the Hallé orchestra at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall playing Prokoviev’s Piano Concerto No.1. He has since performed with major orchestras across the UK, including a tour as guest solo pianist with English National Ballet, playing Rhapsody in Blue over forty times in their production of “Strictly Gershwin”. His playing has been featured on TV documentaries for Granada and BBC Television, as well as on many BBC radio broadcasts. He continues to perform at international concert halls and has had many return visits to major music festivals.

After studying the relationship between sound and visual media during his PhD research, Tom began to create animations to accompany live classical music performances. This creative journey has led to many exciting commissions (including commissions by the BBC to create animations for live orchestral concerts) and concert performances by orchestras/ensembles worldwide, including Canada, America, Taiwan, South Korea, and Australia. He continues to develop concert programmes to help a wide-range of age groups engage and connect with classical music in a positive way, and to help enhance the enjoyment of experiencing live classical music.

In collaboration with his brother, Jonathan Scott, Tom has released several recordings to great critical acclaim on the Scott Brothers Duo label. Their discs have received wide international airplay, including their own special editions of BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Organist Entertains’. Their recent duo concert at Montserrat Abbey, Spain was broadcast live on Spanish TV and their online performance videos have totalled over 14 million views. Scott Brothers Duo are the winners of the 2019 ECHO (European Cities of Historical Organs) competition to create a performance which introduces the pipe organ to a young audience. Their project combines Tom’s animations and organ music and will be performed at major festivals across Europe in 2019 and 2020.

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