Tom Bell

Tom Bell

Tom combines virtuoso classical with thundering, foot stomping boogie woogie.
Tom Bell is one of the UK’s most exciting young talents. Although only in his twenties, he has already made a name for himself as an outstanding pianist and is often described as “a young Jools Holland”. His music reflects influences of Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Horowitz and Keith Emerson, through to more modern artists such Jools Holland and Axel Zwingenberger.

Tom combines dazzling, virtuoso classical with thundering, foot stomping boogie woogie. Formidable technically, his intense and creative approach to music is demonstrated in his ability to produce inspired works across the whole of the Blues/Classical spectrum. Whether performing a Chopin Ballade or some of his excellent original material, his command over both genres demonstrates a unique spin on the traditional concert experience, setting him apart as an exceptional performer and boogie pianist without parallel.

In August 2016, Tom released his acclaimed debut album, “Face To Face”, which features a unique combination of classical and blues, including some of Tom’s excellent, original compositions. The CD has attracted attention from some of the world’s leading critical sources as well as celebrity personalities, including, International Piano MagazineFanfare Magazine (USA) and Blues Matters MagazineFanfare described Bell’s playing as “balm to the soul… delivered by a young man of much talent”; and of his his recording of Chopin’s fourth Ballade, “a beautifully nuanced reading, incredibly tender at heart; yet he has all the technical arsenal at his command”. In the January/Feb 2017 edition of International Piano Magazine, Tom’s album is featured alongside Angela Hewitt OBE, Maurizio Pollini, Danlil Trifonov and Emil Gilels. The magazine’s critics were fascinated by Tom’s unique combination of genres as described his album as, “an intriguing disc, which at first glance looks as if it shouldn’t work, but does… Well recorded, this is something of a treat”. Impressed by his boogie playing, they also wrote, “the frivolity is infectious, the atmosphere closer to a live performance than the studio; but underlying all of this is Bell’s rock solid sense of rhythm”. Over the coming years, Tom is expected to establish a reputation as the UK’s No.1 Blues/Boogie Pianist.