British conductor Adam Hickox (born 1996) has already shown considerable promise, demonstrating an impressive fluidity of technique and mature interpretation of a wide symphonic and operatic repertoire. The Boston Musical Intelligencer described him as a 'consummate, well-mannered musician of skill; all was elegantly rounded in both physical and musical contour.' In 2022 he completed his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and he looks forward to many debuts in the coming seasons.
In 22/23, Hickox will make his debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and the regions, at the Wigmore Hall as part of the Royal Academy of Music’s Bicentenary celebrations, with the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León. He will also return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a studio concert, and to the Rotterdam Philharmonic for concerts in their subscription season. In the opera house, Hickox assists Ticciati at Glyndebourne (Poulenc La Voix Humaine and Les Mamelles de Tiresias), conducts performances of Tosca with Opera North and in a coming season he will conduct a full production with Glyndebourne Touring Opera.
In recent seasons, Hickox has conducted the Orchestre de Paris, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He has conducted concerts at the St Endellion and Klosters Music Festivals and the UK premiere of Thomas Larcher Still for viola and chamber orchestra with Lawrence Power as soloist. In opera, he conducted a new production of Hansel and Gretel at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, and he was due to return to English National Opera to conduct Knussen Where the Wild Things Are and Ravel L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, following his work assisting Music Director Martyn Brabbins on Birtwistle The Mask of Orpheus.
During his time in Rotterdam, Hickox assisted their Chief Conductor Lahav Shani, Yannick Nézet-Séguin amongst others, and conducted performances of his own in Rotterdam and elsewhere, including the world premiere of a new commission by Mathilde Wantenaar. He has assisted conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Roth, Orozco-Estrada and Manze and was asked to take a full day’s rehearsal for Sir Simon Rattle with the London Symphony Orchestra.
In Summer 2021 Hickox was invited to Tanglewood as one of the Tanglewood Festival's two Conducting Fellows, which involved working alongside Nelsons, Blomstedt and Gilbert with the TMC Orchestra, as well as giving performances of his own at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Hickox also took part in the fellowship's corresponding residency with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
Hickox studied music and composition with Robin Holloway at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, and conducting with Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music.
Adam Hickox Conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Maida Vale Studios on Friday 30 September.
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
In Hickox, we enjoyed a consummate, well-mannered musician of skill; all was elegantly rounded in both physical and musical contour.
Opera Magazine, January 2022
Adam Hickox's idiomatic pacing and phrasing of the Humperdinck score made for a very assured piece of conducting...in a show that left a beneficient afterglow.