Praised in recital for his ‘flair and dexterity’ (Seen and Heard International), Irish pianist Frasier Hickland is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He is a Leeds Lieder and SongEasel Young Artist, and has been featured on both BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’, and on BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Classical Connections’. He has also performed in many prestigious venues in Europe and America, including Wigmore Hall, London, the Oxford International Song Festival, the Willard InterContinental, Washington DC, the Yacht Club de Monaco, Monte-Carlo, the National Concert Hall, Dublin, and at the BMS International Festival of Chamber Music. Alongside his duo partner, flutist Amy Gillen, he was selected as a ‘Rising Star’ at the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival and later this year their recital will be broadcast on RTE Lyric FM. Previously he gave the Irish premiere of Sally Beamish’s Wild Swans at ChamberFest Dublin, following a residency with the distinguished composer.
Competition successes include winning First Prize for Accompaniment in the John Kerr Award for English Song, the Irish Heritage Competition, the Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition, and Frasier was also a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. He is the 2024 recipient of the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Bursary Award for Most Promising Artist. As a result of collaborations with Northern Ireland Opera, Ulster Touring Opera and Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, he has performed for dignitaries such as HM King Charles III and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. Répétiteur work includes Verdi’s La Traviata/Macbeth, Puccini’s La Bohème/Tosca, Offenbach’s Daphnis et Chloé/L’île de Tulipatan, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony. He will debut as music director for the Irish premiere of Philip Glass/Robert Moran’s opera The Juniper Tree in the Grand Opera House, Belfast.