FOUNDER & PRINCIPLE
Tom Donald is a concert pianist, film composer and improvisation pianist performing in a variety of genres from jazz, classical, popular as well as Middle Eastern music.
Born in the remote Australian town of Coonabarabran and growing up in the North East Australian town of Tamworth, known as the country music capital of Australia, Tom’s country Australian roots have led him to an unlikely career as an composer who speaks a rare international language.
Since age 16, Tom has led numerous touring bands, and produced a variety of albums in collaboration with American jazz vocalists to film directors, whilst sustaining a prolific solo career as a pianist. Shortly after arriving in London 2004 he performed at Abbey Road studios performing improvisations on music by Lennon and McCartney.
FILM SCORES & ALBUMS
Tom composed the soundtrack for numerous award winning films working with Iraqi directors Haider Rashid and Koutaba Al-Janabi. On ‘Leaving Bagdad’, which won Best Independent Film at the Raindance festival, Tom collaborated closely with Kurdish Iraqi singer and Freedom Fighter, Nawroz Orami.
LONDON CONTEMPORARY SCHOOL OF PIANO
Tom is passionate music educator and is the author of the “Harmony Method” which is a revolutionary approach to teaching classical, jazz and popular harmony on piano.
In 2011, he established the London Contemporary School of Piano, with the backing of many early adopters of his piano teaching methods. The school has now seen over 500 students from over 20 different countries and has fast become an influential force in piano education world wide.
The London Contemporary School of Piano is in partnership with Blüthner pianos, famous for it’s world-class hand made pianos.
CITIZENS OF THE WORLD CHOIR
In 2017, Tom co-founded the Citizens of the World Choir alongside human rights activist Becky Dell and Liberal Democrat Peer, Lord Roger Roberts. The choir consists of refugees and wider community members with a mission to bring peaceful discourse in polarising times. The choir has performed alongside Sting at the Shakespeare Globe and has also taken the stage at UNCR events and Welsh International Eisteddfods attracting national media. Tom has composed numerous works for the choir including ‘Manamou’ which he composed with British Actress, Emily Watson.
JOURNEY THROUGH CONFLICT
Tom’s collaboration with General Andy Salmon has led the creation of Journey Through Conflict Iraq.
Their musical and artistic collaboration has been featured on BBC Radio 2 and the Claire Balding show.
MUSIC EDUCATOR AND SOLO CONCERT PIANIST
As a music educator, Tom has appeared on BBC Newsnight with Evan Davies in studio on a Grand Piano talking about the influence of George Martin on The Beatles.
As a solo concert pianist Tom’s performances in concert halls in London and in Europe has seen critical acclaim. Tom’s recent concerts at Conway Hall and at the Shard London (the highest piano concert in Europe) were sold out within hours of release.
IN THE MEDIA
In March 2016, Tom performed on BBC’s Newsnight with Evan Davis after the passing of George Martin, demonstrating the influence that Martin had on the production of songs written by Lennon and McCartney which went on to be performed by The Beatles.
It was the first time in the program’s history they had brought a Grand Piano into the Newsnight Studio for a musical contribution.
In September 2016, Tom’s composition and performance ‘Meditation’ was played on Radio 2’s Clare Balding Show for Remembrance Sunday.