Thomas is an opera répétiteur, vocal coach, and pianist currently based in Berlin, Germany. Winner of the Richard Bonynge Accompanists Award at the 2018 Sydney International Song Prize, he is in high demand as an insightful, refined and sympathetic collaborative artist. Thomas is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he studied piano performance and accompaniment with Natalia Sheludiakova.
Thomas has over 7 years’ experience working at both state and national opera companies in Australia. Between 2012 - 2016 he was the Assistant Chorus Master and Children’s Chorus Master at Opera Australia. In 2016, he was appointed Head of Music at West Australian Opera, where he managed the music and language staff, administered the young artist program, auditioned and prepared the chorus, coached principal artists, and designed and implemented new community engagement projects. In 2017 he was invited to join the adjudication panel of the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition. Thomas is proudly supported by the Wagner Society of NSW.
In 2018, Thomas was re-engaged by Opera Australia as a full-time member of the music staff, where his season included Massenet’s Don Quichotte, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Puccini’s La Bohème, and Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia.
He has worked with conductors including Renato Palumbo, Pietari Inkinen, Guillaume Tourniaire, Patrick Lange, Carlo Montanaro, Andrea Battistoni, Stuart Stratford, Tom Woods, Brad Cohen, Jonathan Darlington, Pietro Rizzo, Anthony Legge, Benjamin Northey, Tahu Matheson, Christian Badea, Nicholas Milton, and Antony Walker.
Thomas frequently performs in vocal and instrumental recitals, recordings, and radio broadcasts, and is a sought-after ensemble pianist. He has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia, Australian Youth Orchestra, Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir, Sydney Children's Choir, The Choir of Christ Church St Laurence Sydney, Bel A Cappella, Sydney Chamber Choir, and Meow Meow.
He studied in masterclasses with pianists Stephen Hough, Mikhail Voskressensky, Gerard Willems, Ruth Nye, Andrew Ball, Marco Rapetti, Cristina Ortiz, and Iain Burnside.