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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.