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Vincent Thomas

Vincent Thomas studied at the Aix-en-Provence Conservatory, where he majored in Harmony and Composition and received a First Prize in both Clarinet and Chamber Music in 1981. At the same time he studied Politics at the University of Aix-en-Provence.

Since 1983 he has been invited to appear with the major orchestras in Paris, especially the Orchestre National de l'Opéra (both at the Bastille and the Palais Garnier), the Orchestre Colonne, the Orchestre Lyrique de Paris, the Orchestre Symphonique d'Europe, the Orchestre Symphonique Français, as well as many other orchestras in France (Lyon, Montpellier, Strasbourg, Lille, Bordeaux, Toulouse) under the baton of such prestigious conductors as Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Armin Jordan, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Georges Prêtre, Charles Dutoit, Emmanuel Krivine.

Mr. Thomas has meanwhile enjoyed an international career as a soloist and in chamber music, especially with the Brancusi String Quartet and Bernard Thomas Chamber Orchestra, for which he has played the clarinet solo since 1992. He was also Musical Director for Club Med cruises from 1996 to 1999, as well as the founder and Artistic Director of "La Chambre de Musique", a musical association for the promotion of chamber music.

Since 1985 Vincent Thomas has participated in many musical theater productions in Paris, throughout France, and abroad, especially with the Musicomediens, the Fracasse Ensemble and the Théâtre National de la Comédie-Francaise, of which he was Musical Director from 1998 to 2001. He has also accompanied on stage numerous French pop singers, such as Julien Clerc and Johnny Halliday, with whom he has made multiple recordings.

Vincent Thomas taught the clarinet at the Limeil-Brévannes Conservatory and at the Schola Cantorum in Paris between 1987 and 1995. He has also written many songs, which he recorded for the EMI label between 1990 and 1995. He has been working closely with the "NAME" (New American Music in Europe) ensemble and has premiered in Paris many pieces by the American composer Joe Makholm.

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