Pianist Thomas Dickinson has performed across the United States and abroad in England, the Czech Republic, Russia, Taiwan and China. His teachers include Sue Liu Wen, Frances Clark, Donald Betts and Donald Currier. Additional studies were with Jerome Lowenthal, Richard Goode and André Watts. He was ITT Fellow for two years of study with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and Germaine Mounier of the Paris Conservatory. He earned his Bachelor's, Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University.
He was the first Western artist to cross the Sino-Russian border in more than thirty years when he toured eastern Siberia in 1989. Following subsequent tours there he founded Musical Bridges, Inc., now called Siberian Bridges, Inc., a non-profit now in its 16th year that focuses on support and cooperation between the Upper Midwest of the U.S. and the area east of Lake Baikal, called "Zabaikalye," and its center, the city of Chita. His 2005 recital in Chita lay the foundation for Chita's first privately organized classical performance series based at the Art Museum, which itself led to the formation of Sibirskye Mosti ("Siberian Bridges"), a new Russian NGO that partners with Siberian Bridges, Inc. on projects of mutual interest. Mr Dickinson teaches privately in his home in Minneapolis.