Stephen Thomas, pianist, performs with exciting and insightful musicianship as soloist, collaborative musician, and with orchestra. His performances have reached audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, China, and Japan. Past engagements include solo performances with orchestras in the United States and Europe, as well as concerts in cities from Kyoto to Copenhagen. Dr. Thomas has recently given solo and concerto performances in tours of Mexico, Denmark, Romania, and China.
Dr. Thomas has recorded performances for television and radio broadcast for stations such as WQXR in New York City. His most recent recording, “Music of Two Worlds,” explores solo piano works by Haydn, Brahms, and South American composers. He has also recorded and performed with principal players of the San Francisco Symphony in concerts throughout the Bay Area, including an appearance at Davies Hall for the Symphony’s Chamber Series. Other recent performances have included recitals in the Sonora Bach Festival (California) and Temple Square Performances in Salt Lake City, Music at the Monastery in Michigan, as well as regular chamber music concerts in the Musica Viva series in Fresno, California.
Dr. Thomas has received grants from the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the University of Michigan, and the California State University, Stanislaus chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for his research, performance, and recordings of various piano works. He has also received numerous awards for his playing and teaching, being much sought after as a competition adjudicator and for master class and lecture presentations for organizations such as the Music Teachers Association of California for whom he has been featured as a state convention artist.
Dr. Thomas holds degrees in piano performance from Brigham Young University, Yale University, and the University of Michigan, having studied with Irene Peery, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, and Arthur Greene. From 1996-2011, he served on the faculty of the Department of Music at California State University, Stanislaus where he founded the widely-recognized Sylvia M. Ghiglieri Piano Competition, and the Piano Sessions of Summer Music at Stanislaus. While at CSU Stanislaus, he was Chair of the Department of Music for six years, and Acting Dean of the College of the Arts for one year.
In the Fall 2011, Dr. Thomas joined the piano faculty at Brigham Young University- Idaho, where he is currently the Director of Keyboard Studies.