Chair for 2017 Jury announced
Thomas Trotter is one of the UK's most widely admired musicians. He has been Birmingham City Organist since 1983. He is also Organist at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey, in London and Visiting Fellow in Organ Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. Earlier in his career he was organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, and he later continued his studies with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris where he took the Prix de Virtuosité in her class.
Thomas Trotter has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious Instrumentalist Award, International Performer of the Year Award for 2012 by the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and, in 2016, the Royal College of Organists Medal. The excellence of his musicianship has also long been recognised internationally in his musical partnerships.
Thomas Trotter was consultant for the Marcussen organ in Manchester’s newly-built Bridgewater Hall as well as for the new Klais organ in Birmingham at Symphony Hall and he has given the opening recital on new or restored organs in places such as Cleveland’s “Severance Hall” (Ohio), Princeton University Chapel (New Jersey), the “Concertgebouw” in Amsterdam, London’s Royal Festival Hall and at St David’s Hall in Cardiff alongside being regularly asked to perform on major historic instruments. He also performs with leading orchestras across the world.
He became an extensive recording artist for Decca in 1989 and amongst numerous awards he received a Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of music by Liszt.