Susan Tomes, UK

Photo: Robert Philip
Having grown up in Edinburgh, Susan Tomes has returned to her hometown not only just as a musician. In addition to a solo recital at Queen's Hall in Edinburgh in 2016, this internationally successful pianist and chamber musician also performed in the same year at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. This is because the artist has gained much renown as the author of four books on musical performance practice: Beyond the Notes (2004), A Musician's Alphabet (2006), Out of Silence (2010) and Sleeping in Temples (2014). In addition to this, Susan Tomes is closely associated with her Scottish hometown as Artistic Director of the chamber music festival Winterplay. Prior to her literary career she won a variety of international prizes as a pianist. In regards to chamber music Susan Tomes was a member of the ensembles Domus, Gaudier Ensemble and the Florestan Trio. She has recorded over 50 CDs, gives masterclasses throughout Europe and is a sought-after jury member of major competitions. She is a teacher for chamber music at the European Chamber Music Academy as well as the Chamber Studio in London.