“…die neben atemberaubender Virtuosität hohe Sensibilität, grosse Reichtum an Klangfarben und sicheres Stilgefühl vorgeführt hatten.” – Freier Schweizer Zeitung, 2017
Thomas Boodts began his musical studies at the age of 5 with the violin according to the Suzuki method with Eveline Esser. After teachings from his father he entered the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (Belgium) where he graduated Bachelor of Music in the class of Eliane Rodrigues and graduated Master of Music (Stage course) with Nikolaas Kende and Levente Kende. Thomas was finalist of the Cultural Price Tilburg (Netherlands) and its piano competition. He received lessons/masterclasses at the Piano Academy Imola (Italy) and at the Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy (Norway) with Leif Ove Andsnes and Christian Ihle Hadland and still works regularly with Maciej Pikulski.
Specialising in the early romantic period, Thomas performs also on historical instruments. He is connected to the museum of musical instruments in Antwerp as ambassador/promotor of the Kadel square piano 1827 in their collection. His own collection contains a Pleyel grand 1890 and a Pleyel grand from 1846, Girikowsky 1827 (loan) and a Jan Van den Hemel after Silbermann 1747 (loan).
Thomas is also active in chamber music (a fixed duo with soprano Margareta Köllner), regularly gives concerts at his home country and all over Europe and further (Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Norway, Ghana…)
Thomas received masterclasses and / or lessons on both contemporary and historical instruments, among others Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland, Daniel Blumenthal, Mai Shigeoka, Vitaly Samoshko, Levente Kende, Eero Heinonen (Fin), Anton Kuerti, Claire Chevallier, Irene Russo, Piero Rattalino (at the Accademia Pianistica Internationale ‘Incontri col Maestro’ Imola, Italy), … as a regularly asked voice accompanist, Thomas performed on masterclasses of among others Maciej Pikulski, Roger Vignoles, Christoph Prégardien and at the lied masterclass series Udo Reinemann La Monnaie. He works regularly for auditions and voice competitions.
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