Philip Thomas

Philip Thomas specialises in performing new and experimental music, including both notated and improvised music. He places much emphasis on each concert being a unique event, designing imaginative programmes that provoke and suggest connections. He is particularly drawn to the experimental music of John Cage, Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff, and composers who broadly work within a post-Cageian aesthetic. He has commissioned new works from a number of British composers whose ideas, language and aesthetic have been informed in some ways by the afore- mentioned American composers, such as Stephen Chase, Laurence Crane, Richard Emsley, Christopher Fox, Bryn Harrison, John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Michael Parsons, and James Saunders.

Philip is a pianist with leading experimental music group Apartment House, with whom he has performed in festivals across the UK and Europe. He has also performed with the Quatuor Bozzini, and in duos with Mark Knoop, Ian Pace and John Tilbury (piano duet and two pianos) and James Saunders (electronics). He joined the staff team at the University of Huddersfield in 2005, and became Professor of Performance in 2015. Philip is part of the Directorate of CeReNeM, the University’s Centre for Research in New Music.

Nationality
United Kingdom