Born: April 3, 1982 Primary Instrument: Piano
Tom Donald was born in country Australia, in the town of Coonabarabran growing up outside Tamworth in picturesque northern New South Wales. Tamworth is known as the country & folk music capital of Australia.
Now based in London & Europe, Donald has forged a career of intensely original world & jazz & post-rock influenced classical music that is freely independent of most genres.
Tom Donald is a piano improvisation virtuoso often performing complete concerts cycles of pure improvisation such as the London Ealing Concert. Donald also composes soundtrack for film, as well as for concert. Recently his compositions for film have won acclaim throughout Europe and The Middle East, including Haider Rashid's Tangled up in Blue and Koutiba Al-Janabi's Leaving Baghdad.
In London he has performed at Abbey Road Studios, Hackney Empire, National Opera Studio, BBC Maida Vale and Ronnie Scotts.
Based at the Bluthner Piano Centre in Mayfair. Donald's music workshops in piano and composition are known worldwide with musicians and music hobbyists of all ages and cultures around the world attending his seminars on music making.
Awards:Gulf Film Festival, Culture & Arts Authority, Dubai: 2nd Prize for Film "Tangled Up in Blue" Directed by Haider Rashid, Music Score composed by Tom Donald (2010)
Featured Artist, Urban Jazz FM London (2009)
Ronnie Scotts, London with Vocalists & Lyricist, Sirena Riley (2009)
JazzWise UK Publication for album and song-cycle "The Lunatic, The Lover and The Poet" Composed and Produced by Tom Donald & Sirena Riley (2009)
"Mini Mozart children's guide to classical music, The Tale of Sleeping Beauty" compositions, improvisations & arrangements. London (2009)
Solo Piano Album, "After" - Released under Remigrant Records (2009)
Twice Semifinalist U.K Songwriting Competition (2008)
BBC Asian Network, Piano & Organ Arrangments of Indian Folk Music. Silver Street Production (2008)
National Opera Studio (London) with Mark Buckingham. Piano, Clarinet Improvised Sonatas (2008)
Hackney Empire, Piano Improvisations on Radiohead, Supporting Act for Pete Doherty (2008)
Abbey Road Studio, Sound and Vision - Beatles Improvisations (2008)
United Kingdom Composer Residency (2006)
Bachelor of Music, University of Newcastle, Australia (2003)
Order of Australia (OA) Certificate of Commendation (2000)
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.