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Guest Artists

Thomas Bloch
French musician Thomas Bloch is a world renowned classical soloist specializing in the performance of rare instruments including the glass harmonica, Ondes Martenot and the Cristal Baschet. He has given over 2,500 performances in forty countries with artists such as Radiohead, John Cage, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, the Artis Quartet, Maurice Bourgue and Marianne Faithfull. He appears on over 100 recordings, among them a recording of Mozart’s Adagio and rondo for the long version of Miloš Forman’s film Amadeus. His performances range from classical and contemporary music to songs, rock, theatre music, opera, improvisation, film music, world music and ballet music.Thomas Bloch currently teaches Ondes Martenot at the Strasbourg Conservatoire. In addition, he serves as the music director for the Evian Music Festival in France and is responsible for presentations of his instruments at the Paris Musée de la Musique. He has performed the original version of the mad scene with glass harmonica in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the opera house La Scala Milan and as Ondes Martenot soloist for the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra’s centenary concert. He has played in all the major concert halls in Paris, at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Tonhalle in Zurich and at numerous festivals around the world including the Prades Pablo Casals Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the La Chaise Dieu Festival and the Beethoven Festival in Bonn among others. His awards include the Classical Music Award 2002 given by the European critics during Midem (Cannes), Best of the Year 2001 in Audiophile, the Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros, the Choc in Le Monde de la Musique for his interpretation of Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla-Symphonie conducted by Antoni Wit on the Naxos label and four times best soundtrack by the World Subaquatic Movies Festival in Antibes.