Pianist Frasier Hickland studies with Simon Lepper, Kathron Sturrock and Roger Vignoles at the Royal College of Music, London, after having graduated with a First Class Honours degree from the Royal Irish Academy of Music under the tutelage of Professor Anthony Byrne. He is a SongEasel Young Artist, and has participated in masterclasses with renowned musicians such as John O’Conor, Finghin Collins, Kathryn Harries, Ingrid Surgenor, Dennis O’Neill, and Iain Burnside. He has been featured on both BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Classical Connections’, and on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ with tenor Andrew Irwin.
He has also performed in many prestigious venues across Ireland, the UK and America, including Wigmore Hall, London, the Willard InterContinental, Washington DC, the Royal Over-Seas League, London, the National Concert Hall, Dublin, the Ulster Hall, Belfast, at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and at the BMS International Festival of Chamber Music. He was selected to work in a residency with distinguished composer Sally Beamish OBE, and gave the Irish premiere of her piece “Wild Swans” as part of ChamberFest Dublin.
Competition successes include winning the Pianist Prize in the Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition, the Irish Heritage Accompanist’s Award and the John Benson Memorial Cup in the Feis Ceoil. Extensive work with Northern Ireland Opera has led to performances in Hillsborough Castle for HRH The Prince of Wales and at their Festival of Voice as a competition accompanist. Répétiteur roles include Puccini’s La Bohème, Offenbach’s Daphnis et Chloé and L’île de Tulipatan, Seán Doherty’s The Linen Opera ‘Waking Beauty’ and NI Opera’s upcoming production of Verdi’s La Traviata.