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 Anthony Byrne. He is a Leeds Lieder and SongEasel Young Artist, and has participated in masterclasses with renowned musicians Sir Thomas Allen, John O’Conor, Finghin Collins, Kathryn Harries, Ingrid Surgenor, Dennis O’Neill, and Iain Burnside. He 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 Willard InterContinental, Washington DC, the Royal Over-Seas League, London, the Yacht Club de Monaco, Monte-Carlo, the National Concert Hall, Dublin, the Ulster Hall, Belfast, 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. Alongside flautist Amy Gillen he will give a recital as a West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival ‘Rising Star’.
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 was also a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. 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 roles include Verdi’s La Traviata/Macbeth, Puccini’s La Bohème/Tosca, Offenbach’s Daphnis et Chloé/L’île de Tulipatan, Seán Doherty’s Waking Beauty and Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony.