“A boundary-blurring composer and improviser” – Gramophone Magazine
Fred Thomas is an ECM artist and one of London’s most sought after multi-instrumentalists and composer/arranger/producers, known for his breadth of musical styles as well as for specialising in creative re-interpretations of J.S. Bach. He has appeared all over the world, performing in venues such as Berlin Philarmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Wiener Konzerthaus, Southbank Centre and Teatro Liceo. Having appeared on both the jazz and classical labels, his ECM New Series debut was “Three or One”, 24 pieces by Bach transcribed for trio and solo piano by Thomas himself.
Born in 1985 of British and Argentinian background, Thomas has collaborated with a huge variety of artists including Brian Eno, Yo-Yo Ma, Hilary Hahn, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jordi Savall, Rachel Podger, Meredith Monk, Jarvis Cocker, Abel Selaocoe, Lianne Le Havas, Gerry Hemingway, Elizabeth Kenny, Jill Feldman, Lucy Crowe, Roderick Williams, Ethan Iverson, Larry Grenadier, Benoît Delbecq, Shabaka Hutchings, The Magic Lantern, Tamara Stefanovich, Alice Zawadzki, Leo Abrahams, Kadialy Kouyate, Olivia Chaney and Kees Boeke. With a discography of over fifty albums across various genres, his arrangements and transcriptions are published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen.
Having started to play classical piano at the age of five, Thomas went on to study jazz piano and composition at the Royal Academy of Music. He works regularly as Musical Director at Shakespeare’s Globe and teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. As a producer, Thomas has overseen albums for labels such as Warner Classics and his recent compositions were performed internationally and at the Royal Opera House.
Three or One (ECM New Series)
Dance Suites (J.S. Bach)
Dick Wag: a Tribute to Richard Wagner (feat. Benoit Delbecq & Ewan Bleach)
Polyphonic Jazz Band
Martin Speake/Ethan Iverson Quartet
Ruth Bruckner & Fred Thomas
Alice Zawadzki Trio
The Magic Lantern
Monk Spent Youth
Phelan Burgoyne Group
Kadialy Kouyate/Fred Thomas Duo
Fred Thomas Jazz Trio
Alex Bonney/Fred Thomas Duo
Jiri Slavik/Fred Thomas Duo
F-IRE Klang Codex
Fred Thomas/Oren Marshall Duo
Sister Mary & the Choir Boys
El Ultimo Tango
Ensemble Nuevo Tango
Brain Eno, YoYo Ma, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Jordi Savall, Jarvis Cocker, Larry Grenadier, Ethan Iverson, Elina Duni, Tamara Stefanovich, Abel Selaocoe, Elizabeth Kenny, Leo Abrahams, Benoit Delbecq, Liam Noble, Elysian Quartet, Jeanne Added, Mor Karbasi, Native Dancer, Adriano Adewale, Kammer Klang, Phil Robson, Mark Lockheart, Jason Yarde, Maurizio Ravalico, Julian Siegel, Zac Gvi, The Memory Band, Christine Tobin, Byron Wallen, Liam Byrne, Mamadou Sarr, Resonance FM, BBC, CBSO, Seb Rochford, Kit Downes, Pete Flood, Alice Zawadzki, Phaedra Ensemble.
Prague Academy of Performing Arts
Teachers: Dave Holland, John Taylor, Avishai Cohen, Marc Copland, Fred Hersch, Pete Churchill, Barak Schmool, Oren Marshall, Gerard Presencer, Gwilym Simcock, Huw Warren, Billy Jenkins, Newton Armstrong.
The Magic Lantern
Ellie Rose Rusbridge
Shakespeare’s Globe (MD)
The National Theatre
Spanish National Dance Company
The Yard Theatre
Greenwich Dance Agency
‘J.S. Bach – 39 Chorale Preludes’ published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen
‘10 Bach Fugues for String Quartet, Volumes I and II’ – Spartan Press