Trinity Laban jazz graduate wins acclaimed international piano competition

Tom Hewson

Trinity Laban MMus jazz graduate Tom Hewson has been named the winner of the Nottingham International Jazz Piano Festival competition.

Since graduating from Trinity Laban in 2009, Tom has been performing regularly with the country’s top young jazz musicians, including fellow Trinity Laban alumnus Lewis Wright (MOBO winner with Empirical). Tom’s solo piano CD Slightly Peculiar received airtime on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM, and his music was also used in the influential 2012 film Girlfriend in a Coma. Time Out magazine described him as “one to watch”.

Tom said: “I'm very honoured to win the competition, and I have to thank Trinity Laban for helping to set me on this path. I gained exposure to a range of inspiring music that has been a constant source of motivation, and I met many musicians and teachers with whom I've continued to work with after graduation. Jazz is a very social music that depends on friendships and relationships and I wouldn’t have made those connections without my time at Trinity Laban.”

The competition, which is the only independent solo jazz piano competition in the world, was judged by top musicians Andrea Vicari, Jamil Sheriff, David Newton and Tim Richards. As the winner, Tom will have the opportunity to play a series of gigs at top institutions, such as Ronnie Scotts, the 606 club and Jazzland (Vienna).

Photo courtesy of Mike Trow


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