One of the most exciting and idiomatic voices to emerge in recent years, Tom Ingoldsby's music owes its immediacy and accessibility to a combination of engaging rhythmic complexity with a superb ear for instrumental colour and a long-breathed lyricism.
A "late arriver" to classical music, Tom's musical origins lie in rock and roll, and he lists artists from the Beatles to King Crimson as major influences on his life. After playing guitar in a few semi-successful rock bands, he began composing short pieces for piano, one of which won a Music Canada award. He studied composition with Boyd McDonald and Mariano Etkin at Wilfred Laurier University, and then obtained his Master's degree at the State University of New York, Buffalo, working for two years with Morton Feldman. He subsequently spent three years at the Cleveland Institute of Music studying with Donald Erb.
"Wave Etchings", a Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, which won the 1999 City of Tarragona composition prize, and was given its UK premiere by Rolf Hind and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Pascal Rophe, and subsequently broadcast in Hear and Now on BBC Radio 3. .
His violin sonata, "After the Eulogy", was joint winner of both jury and critics prize in the 2002 UK/Eire Composition Competition.
"Lamentations and Celebrations", his concerto for percussion ensemble and orchestra, won the 2 Agosto competition in Bologna in 1998, and was praised as "mature and substantial" (La Repubblica). Previous awards include the 1996 Clements Memorial Award for Chamber Music for his "Sonata for Violin and Piano", and a commemorative award from the 2nd Tokyo International Competition for Composition for "Three Small Litanies" for soprano and chamber ensemble.