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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.
Thomas Weaver is an American composer and pianist whose active solo and chamber career has included performances both in the United States and abroad. His playing has been hailed as displaying both “sensitivity” and “incredible dexterity.” Weaver has appeared in many concert halls, including those in New York (Carnegie/Weill Recital Hall, Greene Space, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall), Philadelphia, Washington D.C. (Phillips Collection), Boston (Jordan Hall), Chicago, Nashville, Dallas, Berlin, and Tanglewood Music Festival. Weaver has performed with a number of eminent musicians including Elmira Darvarova, Jess Gillam, Kenneth Radnofsky, Jennifer Frautschi, Gene Pokorny, and members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and others. Weaver is a currently a member of the Amram Ensemble, Trio Ardente, and New England Chamber Players.
A champion of new music, Weaver has premiered many pieces, including works by David Amram, David Loeb, John Wallace, and Christopher LaRosa. Recently, Weaver was featured performing Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 “Age of Anxiety” with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Orchestra as part of Bernstein’s centennial celebration. This summer, he will perform George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue conducted by H. Robert Reynolds at Seiji Ozawa Hall. His playing can be heard on the CD, David Amram: “So In America”, released by Affetto Records, which includes many world premiere recordings.
An award-winning composer, Thomas Weaver’s music has been performed throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, and Japan. His works have been commissioned by number of organizations and musicians including The New York Chamber Music Festival, Elmira Darvarova, Britt Lasch, Pharos Quartet, Kenneth Radnofsky, Joshua Blumenthal, and the Daraja Ensemble. Weaver’s works have also been performed by large ensembles such as the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Alea III, and Mannes American Composers Orchestra. His works have been conducted by various conductors including Theodore Antoniou, Alan Pierson, and Konstantin Dobroykov.
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.