Photo: Laura Bodo
Thomas Gould is a British violinist described as "staggeringly virtuosic" by The Guardian and "a soloist of rare refinement" by The Sunday Times. In 2012 Thomas performs with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, the London Concert Orchestra at Birmingham Symphony Hall, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by John Adams) at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
In recent seasons Thomas has appeared as soloist with major UK orchestras including Aurora Orchestra, Bath Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Orchestra of Opera North, Orchestra da Camera, Orchestra of the Swan and sinfonia ViVA. International engagements have included Australian Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Zürich, Gävle Symfoniorkester, Kammerphilharmonie Graz, Kosovo Philharmony, McGill Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonietta Riga.
Thomas appears in recital at venues including London's Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and South Bank Centre, and at festivals across the UK (Aldeburgh, Bath, Buxton, Plush, Presteigne, Prussia Cove, Sounds New and Spitalfields) and abroad (Ernen Musikdorf, Darwin, Lanaudière, Malta Arts, Montreal Bach, Nürnberg Kammermusik, Spoleto and Verbier). Thomas also appears in Britten Sinfonia's lunchtime chamber music series at the Wigmore Hall and as a guest member of the Nash Ensemble. An unusually versatile performer, Thomas is a member of swing band Man Overboard and has performed at jazz venues including Ronnie Scott's, Le QuecumBar and the Vortex.
Thomas has given many premières of new repertoire including Nico Muhly's concerto for electric violin Seeing is Believing (recorded for Decca Classics with Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon), Christopher Ball's violin concerto (recorded for Omnibus Classics with the Emerald Concert Orchestra), Mark Bowden's Lines written a few miles below (a collaboration with Rambert Dance Company) and Joe Duddell's All Stars Aligned.
Thomas holds the positions of leader of Aurora Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia and is much in demand as guest leader and director with orchestras including Academy of St Martin in the Fields, City of London Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Manchester Camerata, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Thomas is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with György Pauk, and a former YCAT artist. He plays a 1782 J.B. Guadagnini violin and a six string electric violin made by John Jordan.