Richard Thomas

Tutti Second Violin

Performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto on his 22nd birthday, Irish violinist Richard Thomas made his solo debut at Dublin’s National Concert Hall alongside the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Following his debut, Richard’s career soon began to blossom after taking first prize at the 2017 edition of the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Award. This award allowed Richard the use of a Nicolaus Gagliano violin from Florian Leonard Fine Violins, upon which, he gave several concerts including solo engagements with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Studio Symphony Orchestra, radio broadcasts on RTÉ Radio One, and an evening recital at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, with pianist Gary Beecher. Richard recently recorded Mozart’s A Major Violin Concerto with Camerata Ireland under the baton of Barry Douglas and returned to perform chamber works at the Clandeboye festival over the summer.

Richard is an avid orchestral player, all the while continuing to hold a great love of chamber music. He has led string quartets at the West Cork and Sligo international chamber music festivals alongside having worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Wexford Festival Opera, Ulster Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Richard began his musical studies at the age of five with Loretto Nelson. After many wonderful years under her direction, Richard furthered his studies with Dr Fionnuala Hunt, culminating in the completion of a Bachelor in Music Performance degree with First Class Honours at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin. During this time, Richard also spent a term under the tutelage of Ernst Kovacic at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna. Following his undergraduate studies, Richard secured scholarships to study with Jan Repko at the Royal College of Music, London, and later at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with distinction. Richard has also had the great pleasure of participating in masterclasses with many renowned violinists and pedagogues, including Maxim Vengerov and Mauricio Fuks. It is with the utmost gratitude that Richard continues to further his career with the use of his father’s 1920 Giuseppe Pedrazzini violin.