Guest Faculty, Brooke Balley Bassoon Days 2018
Gareth Thomas joined the Cleveland Orchestra as second bassoon in January, 2015. Prior to this appointment, he served as principal bassoon of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra from 2010-2015. As a member of the Toledo Symphony he performed as a soloist in Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto. In 2007, Mr. Thomas made his solo debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, as the winner of the 2006 National Arts Centre Bursary Competition.
Mr. Thomas has performed as a chamber musician with colleagues in the Cleveland Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. His frequent appearances on the Toledo Symphony’s chamber music series have included an acclaimed performance of Bernard Garfield’s first quartet for bassoon and strings. He is a founding member of the Aurea Silva Trio, with whom he has been heard on WGTE Public Media’s Live from FM 91.
Gareth Thomas began his study of bassoon with Jo Ann Simpson at the age of 10 in his hometown of Ottawa, Ontario where he also attended Canterbury High School and played in the Ottawa Youth Orchestra. Gareth received his Bachelor of Music degree in 2009 from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was awarded the George F. Goslee Prize for outstanding artistry. At CIM, he was a student of John Clouser, principal bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra. He completed a Master of Music degree at Northwestern University, under the tutelage of Christopher Millard, principal bassoonist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He has been a member of numerous summer music festivals, including the Pacific Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra and The National Youth Orchestra of Canada.