Thomas Rann is Founding Artistic Director and Cellist of Australia Piano Quartet (APQ).
Since winning the prestigious Muriel Taylor Scholarship for Cellists in London (2004) he has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Melbourne, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and Camerata Menuhin. As soloist and chamber musician, Thomas has appeared at venues including Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Victoria Hall, Westminster Abbey, St. James’ Palace, Sydney Opera House and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. His festival appearances include the Verbier Festival Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Sydney Festival, and the Kronberg International Cello Festival.
Now based in Sydney, Thomas has been Visiting Fellow at University of Technology Sydney since 2012. Alongside his work with APQ, he has collaborated with artists including photographer William Yang, composer Elena Kats-Chernin, members of The Song Company and Ensemble Offspring, and artist Ken Unsworth, culminating in recent performances presented at the Sydney Festival and the Art Gallery of NSW. Thomas is also a guest musician with Sydney Chamber Opera and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
Thomas has studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, International Menuhin Music Academy, the Australian National Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium with teachers including Raphael Wallfisch, Niall Brown, and Uzi Wiesel. He is grateful for the generous support of the Hattori Foundation, E.V.Llewellyn Memorial Fund, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Australia Council for the Arts, Tait Memorial Trust, and the Henderson Bequest.
Thomas plays on a modern French cello made in Montpellier, France in 2010 by master luthier, Frederic Chaudiere.