Hilary Suckling was born in 1982 in Munich, Germany, and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2004 with the postgraduate diploma in solo performance. Her musical successes began at an early age, winning, amongst other accolades, a Gold Bursary from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She was a piano finalist in the national Audi Junior Musician competition, as well as winning the Toshiba Award for chamber music.
Hilary went on to read Music at Cambridge University, where she held a University Instrumental Award. At Cambridge, she formed a successful piano trio with other award holders, giving recitals at many venues in Cambridge, including the university concert hall and the Fitzwilliam Museum. Hilary won the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, leading to a performance of Schumann Piano Concerto in Trinity College Chapel.
Hilary has given many and varied recitals, both in the United Kingdom and in France, and has performed in the well-known London venues St John’s, Smith Square and the Wigmore Hall, as well as in Chichester and Cambridge music festivals. The national radio station Classic FM has broadcast one of Hilary’s performances, and she has also appeared on the BBC as
accompanist for the BBC Young Musician competition. A keen chamber musician, Hilary has taken part in masterclasses with the Vienna Piano Trio, and has received coaching from members of the Endellion and Alberni Quartets. Hilary recently gave a solo recital in St Martin-in-the-Fields, as well as a recital of twentieth-century British music at the National Portrait Gallery.
In April 2004, Hilary was selected to participate in the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Cornwall, where she participated in intensive public masterclasses with the American pianist Claude Frank. Hilary recently gave both solo and duo recitals in the Buckingham Music Festival, as well as appearing as soloist with the Milton Keynes Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked as a répetiteur for Cambridge Handel Opera Group and Stowe Opera. Recent engagements have included Schumann Concerto with the Mid-Somerset Orchestra, and a Mozart concerto in the Alfriston festival.
Hilary was appointed accompanist at Chetham’s School of Music in 2010, having held the post of Head of Keyboard and Accompanist-in-Residence at Stowe School since April 2005.