“…die neben atemberaubender Virtuosität hohe Sensibilität, grosse Reichtum an Klangfarben und sicheres Stilgefühl vorgeführt hatten.” – Freier Schweizer Zeitung, 2017
Thomas Boodts began his musical studies at the age of 5 with the violin. After teachings from his father in piano he entered the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (Belgium) for piano. Thomas specialises in performance on historic instruments and lied repertoire. This passion for the liedgenre started in the lied class of Lucienne Van Deyck and Jozef De Beenhouwer. Thomas received lessons/masterclasses at the Piano Academy Imola (Italy) and after his studies at the Jiri Hlinka Piano Academy (Norway) with Leif Ove Andsnes and Christian Ihle Hadland and still works regularly with Maciej Pikulski in Paris.
With his main focus on the early romantic period, Thomas also performs on historical instruments. He is connected to the museum of musical instruments in Antwerp as ambassador/promotor of the Kadel square piano 1827 in their collection. His own collection contains a Pleyel grand 1890 and a Pleyel grand from 1846, Girikowsky grand pianoforte 1827 (loan), Jan Van den Hemel after Silbermann 1747 (loan).
Thomas is also active in chamber music, regularly gives concerts at his home country and in Europe (Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, France, Norway)
Thomas received masterclasses and / or lessons on both contemporary and historical instruments, among others Leif Ove Andsnes, Christian Ihle Hadland, Daniel Blumenthal, Mai Shigeoka, Vitaly Samoshko, Levente Kende, Eero Heinonen (Fin), Anton Kuerti, Claire Chevallier, Polina Leschenko, Piero Rattalino, … As a very desired vocal accompanist, Thomas performed on masterclasses of world renowned artists among others Maciej Pikulski, Roger Vignoles, Christoph Prégardien, Malcolm Martineau, Christiane Karg,… and at the lied masterclass series Udo Reinemann of the opera house La Monnaie in Brussels, working with artists as Christine Schäfer, Barbara Bonney, Urszula Krieger, Christianne Stotijn, Thomas Oliemans, Joseph Middleton and many others. He works regularly for international auditions and voice competitions.
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