Alan Thomas

Alan Thomas was born in Atlanta and studied guitar with Ernesto Bitetti at Indiana University before taking up a research fellowship at the University of California at San Diego that enabled him to carry out additional studies with Scott Tennant and the composer Brian Femeyhough.

Now based in London, he is much in demand as a recitalist and concerto soloist in music ranging from the Renaissance to the present day, but has been particularly dedicated to contemporary music and the exploration of new sonic resources of the guitar. He has given world premieres of over forty new works, and in 1997 won first Prize in the International Gaudeaus Interpreters Competition in Holland.

Alan Thomas has performed extensively throughout the UK, Europe, the United States and Asia, and has been featured at international festivals including Aldeburgh, Spitalfields, Oxford Contemporary Music Festival, New Music Nights (Bratislava), Gaudeamus Festival and Voix Nouvells (Royaumont). As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble Exposi, Kantak, the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ayrshire Symphony Orchestra.