Weaver is on faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (www.curtis.edu), where he teaches Core Studies (harmony, counterpoint, and analysis), Keyboard Studies, and Supplementary Piano. He is a staff pianist and accompanist at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and for Mannes College The New School for Music. He holds a Master of Music degree in both Piano Performance and Composition from Mannes College, and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Boston University. His primary piano teachers include Anthony di Bonaventura, Victor Rosenbaum, and Pavel Nersessian. His primary composition instructors include David Loeb, Dr. John Wallace, Dr. Martin Amlin, and Jonathan Coopersmith.
Thomas Weaver is an American pianist and composer currently based in Philadelphia. A native of Marlton, NJ, he began his study of piano at the age of eight, giving his first public performance at the age of nine.
Weaver's playing has been hailed as displaying "sensitivity" and "deep resonance," as well as "incredible dexterity." He has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing in recitals both in the United States and abroad. He has been heard in concert halls in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Nashville, Florida, Texas, New Hampshire, Tanglewood, Germany, and others. Weaver has been featured alongside many other musicians, including Kenneth Radnofsky, Eric Ruske, Jennifer Bill, Klaudia Szlachta, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and others.
A champion of new music, Weaver has premiered the works of his colleagues both in the United States and abroad. Recently, he worked with Kenneth Radnofsky and Jennifer Bill, performing David Amram's Greenwich Village Portraits as part of the premiere period associated with the Worldwide Concurrent Premieres organization. Recently, Weaver performed at the 85th birthday celebration of David Amram, and will join the Amram Ensemble, including Radnofsky and Elmira Darvarova for performances of a newly composed trio, starting in Karlsruhe, Germany. In addition to this, many composers have also written works especially for him, including Passacaglia by Christopher LaRosa.
Weaver is an award-winning composer, whose works have been heard throughout the United States, Japan, Austria, and Germany. He has written for a variety of mediums, including solo, chamber, orchestral, vocal, and stage works. His musical language blends a love of Romantic timing and phrasing with a modernist harmonic and motivic language. He has had works performed or commissioned by many musicians and ensembles, including Alea III, the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Daraja Ensemble, Kenneth Radnofsky, Mannes American Composers Ensemble, Klaudia Szlachta, and others. Weaver is a member of ASCAP.
Weaver was the winner of the Boston University Composition Competition and was recently awarded the Bohuslav Martinu Composition Award for his orchestral piece, Landscapes. Five Sketches for Piano was a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition. Recently, Weaver went on tour with tubist, Joshua deVries, performing Sonata for Tuba and Piano.
An active educator, Weaver has given lectures and master classes at a variety of locations throughout the United States. He has presented at Northwestern University, Murray State University, Austin Peay State University, The People's Music School in Chicago, York Community High School, and others.
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