Roots Down, Branches Out

Hamish Brown

Hamish Brown is a pianist, accompanist, organist, composer, arranger and conductor. He read music at the University of Manchester from 2011-14, studying piano with Andrew Wilde, and graduating with First Class Honours. As a postgraduate, he continued his studies at the Royal College of Music, studying Piano Accompaniment with Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles, graduating in July 2016 with Distinction. During his studies, he won first prizes for accompaniment in all of the RCM vocal competitions (Brooks-van der Pump, Lies Askonas, Lieder Competition and Joan Chissell Schumann Prize).

In June 2015, Hamish performed in the RCM Rising Stars series with saxophonist Philip Attard at the Cadogan Hall, and in February 2016, he performed with baritone Huw Montague Rendall at the Wigmore Hall. In June of that year, he was selected as a student of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, supported by a Viola Tunnard Scholarship, participating in the course ‘Brahms Song’, led by German baritone Thomas Quasthoff. In March 2017, Hamish and tenor Peter Harris were selected as one of the two winning duos for the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform.

Hamish has also performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in many other venues including the Carole Nash Recital Room, the Wyvern Theatre, the Royal Over-Seas League, the V&A Museum, the Royal Festival Hall and Alexandra Palace, and events including the Leeds Lieder Festival and Deal Festival.

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 Deborah York, 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 Jac van Steen, John Wilson, Vladimir Jurowski, Brett Dean, Martin André, Michael Seal and Simon Over.