Photo: Pia Johnson

We caught up with violist, Tom Higham to chat about his upcoming solo recital…

How long have you been a student at ANAM?

This is my second year.

What have you chosen to perform for your recital?

I’m doing four pieces. I originally wanted all of them to be by Australian composers, but now only two in the program are Aussie. First is a Sutherland Sonata for viola and piano, Peter Sculthorpe’s Sonata for viola and percussion, an unaccompanied cadenza by Pendereski and a Paul Hindemith sonata for viola and piano Op. 25 No. 4.

How long have you been preparing?

I’ve been working on it since March.

What are you most looking forward to in your recital?

The Sculthorpe is something really different. Percussion and viola don’t play together alone too often. I had my first rehearsal with the percussionist a few days ago and it’s really exciting. It’s a really different dynamic, and I’m looking forward to hearing how it sounds, particularly in the Hall.

What’s the hardest thing about presenting a solo recital?

Stamina, actually. It’s not very often you have to stand there and play for 50 minutes. Also, when performing four different pieces, there are a lot of different styles and you have to be able to switch very fast between them.

What’s your post concert ritual?

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like going to the pub and having a beer! After a recital like this one, you’re pretty tired, so it’s nice to just relax and treat it like a normal day.

Finally, Favourite ice-cream?


Tom Higham, viola
Tue 12 June, 1pm

Sutherland Sonata for viola & piano
Sculthorpe Sonata for viola & percussion
Hindemith Sonata for viola & piano, Op. 25 No. 4
Penderecki Cadenza per solo viola

$5 entry, ANAMates free

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