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Short biography (<200w):

Hamish Brown is a London-based pianist, whose work has included performances as a vocal accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and soloist. He is currently the Gilbert & Eileen Edgar and Anthony Saltmarsh Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Royal College of Music, and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Hamish is recipient of the pianist prizes at the Mozart Singing Competition and Somerset Song Prize, and was a finalist and Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Prize winner at the 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition.

As a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist, he has performed at St John’s, Smith Square, Oxford Lieder Festival, Aberystwyth and Dolgellau Music Clubs, Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist, and Heidelberger Frühling. Hamish has also performed at venues including Cadogan Hall, V&A Museum and Royal Festival Hall, at events including the Aldeburgh, Leeds Lieder and Deal festivals, as well as live on BBC Radio 3.

Hamish read music at the University of Manchester, continuing with postgraduate studies in Piano Accompaniment, studying with Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles at the Royal College of Music, where he was awarded first prizes in accompaniment for all four major RCM vocal competitions.

Full biography:

Hamish Brown is a pianist, accompanist, organist and arranger based in London, UK. An award-winning and versatile musician, Hamish has performed as a vocal accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and soloist in numerous venues across the UK and abroad. He is currently Gilbert & Eileen Edgar and Anthony Saltmarsh Collaborative Piano Fellow at the Royal College of Music, and a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Originally from Wiltshire, Hamish read music at the University of Manchester, studying piano with Andrew Wilde, and graduating with First Class Honours. He continued with postgraduate studies in Piano Accompaniment, studying with Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles at the Royal College of Music, where he was awarded first prizes in accompaniment for all four major RCM vocal competitions, and graduated with Distinction.

Hamish is a former Britten-Pears Young Artist (supported by a Viola Tunnard Scholarship), and a former Oxford Lieder Young Artist, leading to performances at St John’s, Smith Square, Oxford Lieder Festival, Aberystwyth and Dolgellau Music Clubs, Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist, and Heidelberger Frühling.

Recent awards have included the pianist prizes at the Mozart Singing Competition and Somerset Song Prize, and the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme Prize at the 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition, in which Hamish was also a finalist.

Hamish has performed with the acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Constella OperaBallet in the theatrical work Sideshows (by Leo Geyer) at the Lilian Baylis Studio (Sadler's Wells) and at West Kent College, Tonbridge. Other venues at which he has performed include Cadogan Hall, Royal Over-Seas League, V&A Museum, Royal Festival Hall, Carole Nash Recital Room, and the Wyvern Theatre, as well as at events including Aldeburgh Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival, Deal Festival, Arundel Festival (where he has performed on period keyboard instruments), and live on BBC Radio 3.

Hamish has taken part in masterclasses given by pianists such as Anna Markland, Ronan O’Hora, Philip Fowke, Peter Lawson, Michael Dussek and Graham Johnson, and played in masterclasses by singers such as Edith Wiens, Roderick Williams, Simon Keenlyside, Elly Ameling and Sir Thomas Allen.

As an orchestral pianist, he has performed with orchestras including the RCM Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Southbank Sinfonia, under conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, John Wilson, Jac van Steen, Brett Dean, Martin André, Michael Seal and Simon Over.

Hamish is also a composer and arranger of a number of chamber and solo works. He has studied composition with Richard Whalley, Camden Reeves and Kevin Malone, and his music has been performed by ensembles including Vaganza, Quatuor Danel and Asyla Ensemble. His works include Offroad Tattoo for a mixed 8-piece ensemble (performed at New Music North West Festival), Candy Nebula for flute and small orchestra, and an arrangement for full orchestra of Schoenberg’s Vier Lieder, Op. 2.

Whilst classical music occupies the majority of his work, he is equally at home with other styles. Having had a long love of jazz music, he has played jazz piano with the Manchester University Big Band, and the RCM Big Band under the guest direction of renowned trumpeter Mike Lovatt. Hamish has experience of work in musical theatre, including Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, Joshua Schmidt's Adding Machine, and Frank Loesser's How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. He was also featured on the Ivor Novello Award-nominated track 'Cargo' from the 2015 album Bleeds by Roots Manuva.