Thomas Isaac

Thomas Isaac started playing the cello at the age of six in Fontainebleau. Following a year of tutelage at the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen from internationally renowned cellist, Alexander Baillie, Thomas is continuing his postgraduate studies with Christoph Richter at the Royal Academy of Music, supported by the Guilhermina Suggia Scholarship.

Thomas won numerous prizes and competitions, including the North London Festival Cello Prize, the Norfolk Young Musician competition and the Herbert Walenn Cello Prize at the Academy for a performance of Bach’s Cello Suite No.2 in D minor. He has participated in masterclasses with Tim Hugh, Marc Coppey, Steven Doane, Philippe Muller and the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler.

As an orchestral musician Thomas has played principal cello with the Academy Symphony and Baroque Orchestras, the University of London Symphony Orchestra and at the LSO academy. Also a proficient baroque cellist, Thomas has played continuo in the Royal Academy/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. Recent performances include Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the Musique en Re Festival Orchestra, Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in D major with the Academy of St Thomas, concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall and the Tivoli Festival Copenhagen with Rachel Podger, and chamber music by Colin Matthews at the BBC Proms, broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Future plans include concerts at St James Piccadilly London, the Shanghai International Cello Festival, and recording a CD featuring repertoire for unaccompanied cello. Thomas’s horizons stretch far beyond classical music: he plays trombone with Moriah, a band broadly based on Jewish Klezmer, which has featured as Band of the Month in Outline Magazine.

Thomas is extremely grateful for the support of the Michael Badminton Young Musicians trust, the Countess of Munster Trust, the Leverhulme Trust and Clive & Chris Bolton.


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