Musician

 

Thomas Koch is a professional and experienced performer of the classical guitar and performs:

• as a solo classical guitar musician
• in a duo with flute
• in a trio - Trio Voilà - classical guitar, flute, and viola

"You were GREAT!  Thank you so much for your time and your talent. I know you were a hit ... no one budged and they were completely attentive and silent. Thanks you!" - Ann F, concert organizer

About Thomas Koch
A Guitar in Paris

At age eleven, and with Franz-Josef Petri as his first teacher, Thomas Koch took his first step into the classical guitar world. Three years later, Thomas became a student of Alfred Eickholt, under who’s guidance, Thomas entered the Hochschule für Musik Köln, where he graduated as a student of professor Dieter Kreidler in 1983. Thomas continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, where he graduated from the class of professor Hans-Michael Koch in 1984.
 

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Thomas took master classes and encountered reknown guitarists like Alexandre Lagoya, José Tomas and Julian Bream. A 1984 master class with Spanish guitar legend Alberto Ponce changed Thomas' musical and personal course. At the end of the master class Alberto Ponce invited Thomas, to study under his tutelage at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France.

During his eleven year residence in Paris, Thomas performed at the L’Eglise Saint-Merri, L’Office National Suisse du Tourisme, L’Eglise Evangelique Allemand and L’Eglise Italienne. In 1993, his concert schedule brought him for the first time to the United States, where he performed among other places at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City. 1995 marked the release of his highly acclaimed CD Souvenir de Paris, which received only the best reviews from critics in France, England, Germany, Japan and the United States. 1995 also marked Thomas’ Berlin debut recital. In 2002, Thomas was invited by the German Embassador to the United States, Wolfgang Ischinger to perform a recital at the German Embassy Auditorium in Washington DC.

Since taking up residence in Florida, Thomas has performed very actively. He is a performing member of Trio Voilà, a mixed ensemble comprised of the flute, viola and guitar. He has also performed as soloist with the Port Charlotte Symphony, the Venice Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Anna Maria Community Orchestra. He has given solo recitals at the Church of the Redeemer, the First United Methodist Chapel, the Sainer Pavilion at New College of Florida, Selby Public Library and David Cohen Hall at the FWC Symphony Center.

With musicians from the Florida West Coast Symphony, Thomas appeared in the opera Brundibar by Hans Kraza at the Sarasota Opera House. He repeatedly has given lecture/concerts at the Education Center on Longboat Key and Manatee Community College. He was invited to perform Blue Ridge Frescos by American composer Laurence Sherr at the Escape to Create program at the Seaside Institute in Seaside, Florida and for the Asolo Theatre Company, Thomas arranged and recorded the guitar part from the music score for the world premiere of the stage play The Count of Monte Cristo.

Thomas has worked closely with composers like Takashi Ogawa, John King and Paul Fetler, who wrote and dedicated works to him. Thomas was featured on a half hour radio show by German International Radio (Deutsche Welle) and his art has been heard on KFSD Classical Radio in San Diego, California; WFHB Radio in Bloomington, Indiana and WUSF in Tampa, Florida. In 1992, Thomas produced a video called "A Guitar In Paris."

READ - Recent Article about Thomas Koch in the Sarasota Observer
'Six-string sensei' by Marty Fugate

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