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Thomas was born in Chislehurst in 1998 and has lived in Kent and Cheshire, as well as London where he currently studies at the Royal College of Music.

He made his concerto debut in Kent in 2009 with Mozart 24 in the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, and whilst living in the North West he won multiple prizes at the Birmingham festival, and 3rd prize in the 2012 Young Pianist of the North in Newcastle.  In 2014 he won the WACIDOM competition in Warrington, a year before going to study at the Purcell School in Bushey.  Thomas won the senior concerto prize at Purcell where he studied for two years, and has since won 1st prizes at competitions in Lucca Virtuoso&Bel Canto, Kharkiv Assemblies, and at Pianale International Piano Competition.

He appeared with orchestra four times last year, including a performance of the Dvarionas Concerto in Vilnius broadcast on European Radio, and playing Brahms 2nd Concerto in Cadogan Hall with the Purcell Symphony Orchestra.  He has also performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Poole Arts Centre, the Steingraeber Hall in Bayreuth, and recently in the St Mary's Perivale and Bedford concert series.  

Thomas has been under the tutelage of Andrew Ball for the past 3 years and is currently in the second-year of his undergraduate degree at the Royal College, where he is studying with a full scholarship generously donated by both Pat Kendall-Taylor and C.Bechstein pianos.

Thomas' performance with the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra is also sponsored by Pat Kendall-Taylor and the orchestra would like to extend its thanks to Pat for this.

Thomas Kelly


Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2