A Chicago native, Tom Farrell received his M.M. from Northwestern University where he studied with Ann Waller and Mark Maxwell. During his studies he had the opportunity to perform for many world class artists such as Sergio Assad, Elizabeth Cifani, Oscar Ghiglia, Nigel North, Manuel Barrueco and William Kanengiser. In January of 2000, he was awarded first place in the Society of American Musicians Classical Guitar Competition.
After graduation he participated in the world famous master classes taught by Oscar Ghiglia at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Since then he has performed in a variety of venues around the U.S. and has been commissioned to compose music for theater and dance, including Thodos Dance Chicago, Strawdog Theater Company and the Remy Bumppo Theater Company. Also a film composer, Tom has scored 3 short films by Italian director, Alessandro de Cristofaro and Hermann Films.