Tom Pickles

Cello Tutor

Originally from Sheffield, Tom began learning the cello at age 8, and was the very first student of Sheffield Music Academy when it was founded in 2006. He performs throughout the UK as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. He recently completed his Masters degree at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, with the support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Craxton Memorial Award and the Sheffield Church Burgesses’ Trust, and is now completing his studies at RBC with Matthew Sharp on a personal study programme.


Whilst at RBC he has been the recipient of prizes including the Leamington Music Prize, the Delius Society Prize and the Stanley Wood Memorial Cello Scholarship, and has been principal cello of the Conservatoire’s Chamber Orchestra. He previously read music at Goldsmiths, University of London, where we was the winner of their concerto competition, playing Shostakovich Concerto No. 1, and performed at Buckingham Palace as part of the Goldsmiths Quartet.


His formative musical training was at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, where he won choral, chamber music and composition prizes and the school’s concerto competition.

Tom strives to make as many people as possible fall in love with the cello, and dreams of one day performing on all seven continents (possibly minus Antarctica…….).



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