Theodore Pike: Piano Soloist for Rhapsody in Blue
At the age of two, Theodore Pike was begging his parents for piano lessons, and by age four had decided that he ‘wanted to be a pianist when he grew up’.
Originally from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Theo relocated to Brisbane to study a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, graduating in 2017. In 2019, he commenced study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne, and has now made Melbourne his home.
Throughout his study, Theo was mentored by Timothy Young, Daniel de Borah and Natasha Vlassenko. He has worked with international artists including Tim Munro, Lisa Moore, Sara Macliver and Benjamin Bayl, and has received masterclasses from performers including John Chen, Roy Howat, Bart van Oort, Andreas Boyde and Sivan Silver.
Notable performances have included Crossbows Chamber Music Festival, Australian Piano Duo Festival, Queensland Music Festival, concertos with Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra, and performances at Melbourne Recital Centre, Beleura House and Garden, and in the Utzon Room of the Sydney Opera House.
As well as regular performances on the piano, Theo enjoys working and performing as a percussionist. He has performed with the Australian Contemporary Opera Company, ANAM Orchestra, Queensland Youth Symphony, Queensland Wind Orchestra, Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra, and Noosa Orchestra, as well as a performance on-field for the 2015 NRL Grand Final series.
Theo also has a keen interest in collaborative music, and particularly enjoys exploring the relationships between piano and percussion in his performances.
When not at the piano, Theo enjoys cooking, reading and finding new additions for his quirky sock collection.