Philip Thomas

  • Performer (piano) • Improviser

Philip Thomas specialises in performing experimental notated and improvised music as a soloist and with leading experimental music group Apartment House, winners of the 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society award for Chamber Music and Song. Recent performances with them have included a portrait concert of John Cage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the International Chamber Music series. Recent solo projects have included premiere performances of works by Michael Finnissy, Howard Skempton and Christian Wolff; programmes of Canadian and British experimental music; a 12-hour performance of Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano; and a survey of Christian Wolff’s piano music. CD releases include a triple-CD set of Wolff’s solo piano music, music for multiple pianos by Morton Feldman, performances on the Wandelweiser und so weiter box-set, music by Christopher Fox, Tim Parkinson, Michael Pisaro, James Saunders and improvisations with Chris Burn and Simon H Fell. He has also performed recently with pianists Mark Knoop, Catherine Laws, Ian Pace and John Tilbury, and with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He is currently Professor of Performance at the University of Huddersfield, co-Director of CeReNeM, and co-editor of Changing the System: the Music of Christian Wolff (Ashgate Publishing, 2010).