Tom Hankey (violin) lstudied the violin with David Takeno, Krzyzstof Smietana, Levon Chilingirian and Yossi Zivoni. He studied at the Purcell School, the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.
Tom is a member (as violinist and violist) of the Aronowitz Ensemble. The group took part in the Radio 3 New Generation Artist Scheme which involved frequent performances on the radio - live and pre- recorded from venues throughout the UK, such as Wigmore Hall, The Sage (Newcastle), Bridgewater Hall and the Bath, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Kings Place, Spoleto Festival and City of London Festivals. In September 2008 the group performed in the proms chamber concert series. The Borletti-Buitoni Trust award enabled them to release two CDs on the Sonimage label.
Tom was a founding member of Ensemble Na Mara - a piano quartet and string trio. The group won the 2006 Royal Over-Seas league ensemble prize, the Tunnel prize and a Kirkman prize.
Tom recently joined the Callino quartet and looks forward to exploring the quartet repertoire. Also strongly committed to contemporary music he has given frequent first performances. As a soloist he has given many recitals and concerto performances including the Beethoven Triple Concerto, Prokofiev’s first concerto and those by Mendelssohn, Bruch, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi and John McCabe as well as taking part in performances of Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale with the Kreisler Ensemble.
His free-lance orchestral work has included touring with Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Tom is happy to live in Sydenham and singing, rounders, games nights, and cooking have been some of his spare time activities.
Tom has a set of horse legs which lie dormant but come into action when there are mountains around. They carry him for miles all day long from ridge to the depths of a gorge and back up again.
A monkey mentality is lying somewhere far in a recess of his psyche. In the distant past it frequently came to the fore and resulted in many afternoons spent up trees.