New Zealand-born oboist Thomas Hutchinson has fast become recognised as one of the most exciting musicians of his generation. He was a winner of the 66th ARD competition in Munich in 2017, also being awarded the special prize for the best performance of the commissioned work by Thierry Escaish. Laureate of many other competitions and prizes, he won the Australian National Academy of Music Concerto Competition and most outstanding recital prize, and was awarded prizes in the New Zealand Young Performer of the Year and the Gisborne International Music Competitions.
He has made numerous appearances as soloist, including with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchener Kammerorchester, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Bach Musica NZ, Orchestra Victoria, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He has also toured extensively throughout New Zealand and Australia playing chamber music and recitals.
In 2015 he was appointed to the position of associate principal oboe with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis and also began teaching at the Australian National Academy of Music, University of Melbourne, and the International Oboe Summer School in Wellington, New Zealand. Since then he has been invited to play guest principal oboe with orchestras in Australia and in Europe, including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
Thomas began his studies in Auckland and Melbourne before moving to Paris where he was unanimously admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris to study with Jacques Tys and David Walter, graduating in 2015 with highest honours. He also received invaluable advice and teaching from Maurice Bourgue, Gordon Hunt, Diana Doherty and Jeffrey Crellin.
Thomas plays an oboe made for him by Dupin Manufactory in Luxembourg.