Guitarist Tom McKinney was born in Stoke-on-Trent and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Gordon Crosskey and Craig Ogden, followed by postgraduate studies in musicology at University of Manchester.


Recent performing highlights have included two sold-out concerto performances at the Aldeburgh Festival with the Britten Sinfonia, a tour of Belgium with the Chamber Orchestra of Bruges, a solo set at the London Contemporary Music Festival and a recording of new music for solo guitar released on the groundbreaking SlipDisc label. In October 2015 Tom gave the UK premiere of George Crumb's guitar concerto 'Quest' with Psappha, this was followed up by a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 of the same work in January 2016 as part of the station’s New Year New Music festival.


Working closely with composer Larry Goves, Tom is a founder member of the experimental group the House of Bedlam, performing music written especially for the group ranging from electro-acoustic installations to opera. He's also a member of the Tango5 quintet dedicated to the authentic performance of the music of Astor Piazzolla.


In great demand as a performer of new music, Tom has been involved in world and UK first performances of music by Louis Andriessen, Luke Bedford, Gerard Brophy, Alexander Goehr, Michael Gordon, Larry Goves, Jonathan Harvey, Hans Werner Henze, David Horne, Jo Kondo, James Saunders, Matt Sergeant, Myeczieslaw Weinberg, Julia Wolfe and Ian Vine. He regularly plays with many of the UK’s leading new music groups such as Psappha, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Ensemble 10:10. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at Aldeburgh Festival, Brighton Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Spitalfields Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Buxton Festival, St.Magnus Festival, Warwick Festival and Lancaster International Concert Series.


Tom has played with the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Halle, Britten Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestras in repertoire ranging from Bernstein to Boulez, under many great conductors such as Martyn Brabbins, Andrew Davis, Mark Elder, Oliver Knussen, Gianandrea Noseda, Vasily Petrenko and Ilan Volkov. He has also performed at the BBC Proms, in a guitar quartet alongside Craig Ogden, Gary Ryan and Amanda Cook, with Scottish Ballet at the Edinburgh Festival, violinist David Juritz and the London Tango Quintet, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, and in arrangements of music by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra for Birmingham Royal Ballet.


Alongside his work as a guitarist, Tom is now a regular voice on BBC Radio 3, presenting Weekend Breakfast from Media City in Salford, Hear & Now, contributing to Record Review and In Tune, and in outdoor broadcasts and live concerts throughout the UK, hosting major events such as the opening night of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the BBC Free Thinking Festival, BBC Piano Season and the Baroque Spring Season. He has interviewed some of the great musicians of our time, such as John Luther Adams, Pierre Laurent Aimard, Julian Bream, Alice Coote, Richard Egarr, Mark Elder, Michael Finnissy, Edward Gardner, Paul Lewis, Andris Nelsons, Steven Osborne and Gábor Takács-Nagy.


Tom is a lecturer in guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music and works with a fantastic team of chamber music obsessives organising recitals for Music in the Round based at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. He lives in the Peak District with his wife Sarah and two young daughters Nancy and Nina.