Wednesday 25 February 2009

Next up: the Lyrical Oboe in Leeds

Our co-leader Thomas Gould joins Nicholas Daniel in Bach's Concerto in D minor for Oboe, Violin and String Orchestra in Leeds on Saturday, the climax to our Lyrical Oboe programme.

Thomas is busy: in 2008/9 he makes his Barbican and Bridgewater Hall debuts as soloist in Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, returns to the Wigmore Hall for a third lunchtime recital, gives recitals at Perth Concert Hall and Birmingham Town Hall, and guest leads the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal. Thomas also maintains a strong profile in London’s orchestral life as leader of Aurora Orchestra and Manning Camerata, as well as being our co-leader.

Born in London in 1983, Thomas Gould began violin lessons at the age of three with Sheila Nelson. At eighteen Thomas entered the Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship where his principal teacher was György Pauk. During this time he was a member of the Artea String Quartet and also founded a duo with the pianist John Reid. Thomas and John continue to perform regularly together in recitals across the UK at venues including the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall, St. George's Bristol and the Wigmore Hall.

Since making his concerto debut with Kammerphilharmonie Graz in 2004, Thomas has appeared frequently as soloist with orchestras including the Gävle Symfoniorkester, Orchestra of the Swan, Orchestra da Camera, Bath Philharmonia and the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra. In 2008 Thomas premiered Seeing Is Believing, a concerto for electric violin by Nico Muhly, with Aurora Orchestra, and also performed Thomas Ades’s violin concerto in LSO St. Luke’s with London Contemporary Orchestra.

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