Tom McKinney was born in Stoke-on-Trent and studied at the Royal Northern College of
Music with Gordon Crosskey and
He plays with many of the UK’s leading
new music groups such as Psappha, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Ensemble 10:10. He
has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at Aldeburgh Festival,
Brighton Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Spitalfields Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary
Music Festival, Buxton Festival, St.Magnus Festival, Warwick
Festival and Lancaster International Concert Series.
Recent highlights have
included two sell-out performances at the 2013 Aldeburgh
Festival with the Britten Sinfonia, a tour of Belgium
with the Chamber Orchestra of Bruges, a solo set at the
first London Contemporary Music Festival and a recording
of new music for solo guitar released on the
groundbreaking SlipDisc label.
Working closely with composer Larry
Goves, he is a founder member of the experimental group the
House of Bedlam, and a member of the Tango 5
quintet dedicated to the authentic performance of the music of
Tom has played with the BBC
Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Halle, Britten Sinfonia,
City of London Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestras
in repertoire ranging from Bernstein to Boulez, under many
great conductors such as Martyn Brabbins, Andrew Davis, Mark Elder, Oliver Knussen,
Gianandrea Noseda and Ilan Volkov. He has also performed at the BBC Proms,
in a guitar quartet alongside Craig Ogden, Gary Ryan and Amanda
Cook, with Scottish Ballet at
the Edinburgh Festival, violinist David Juritz and the London Tango Quintet,
the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and in arrangements of music by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra for
Birmingham Royal Ballet.
He also once taught a naked actress how
to play a Fisher Price toy guitar whilst sitting in a bath for a short BBC 2
film directed by Danny Boyle, a career highlight
which he will never surpass.
In February 2012 Tom wrote and
presented 'Inspired by Birds' for BBC Radio 3, selected as Pick
of the Week on Radio 4 and in every broadsheet paper. In July
2013 Tom interviewed Julian Bream on the eve his 80th birthday,
and he also presents Radio 3's 'Live in Concert' from the north
of England and the Midlands, broadcasting from major events such
as the opening night of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, BBC
Piano Season and the Baroque Spring Season, and has also
guest presented 'Weekend Breakfast'.
Tom lives in the Peak District with his
wife Sarah and daughter Nancy. He plays a 1999 Paul Fischer and a Gibson SG. He
enjoys spending time in Ladbrokes and writing biographical
entries about himself in a third-person voice.