Thomas Bloch (born 1962 in Colmar, France - www.thomasbloch.net) is a french musician who lives in Paris. He is a worldwide prominent classical solois specializing in the rare instruments (ondes Martenot, glass harmonica, cristal Baschet). His performances range from classical and contemporary music to songs, rock, theatre music, opera, improvisation, film music, world music, ballet music. He is also a composer and a producer.
Receiving a a First Prize for ondes Martenot at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (with Jeanne Loriod) and a Masters Degree in Musicology at the University of Strasbourg, Thomas Bloch has performed over 3000 times in 40 countries and appears on over 150 recordings, as well personal or as an invited performer.
Notable collaborations (concerts or recordings) include : Radiohead, John Cage, Gorillaz / Damon Albarn (Monkey: Journey to the West, after 2007), Tom Waits / Marianne Faithfull / Bob Wilson (The Black Rider / 2004 - 2006), Emilie Simon / Luc Jacquet (The March of Penguins), Milos Forman (Amadeus - long version "the director’s cut", 2001), Daft Punk...
He teaches ondes Martenot at the Strasbourg Conservatoire since 1992. He is a musical director for the Evian Music Festival (France) and for the Glass Music International Festival 2005 in Paris Cité de la Musique, he writes articles for various musical books and is responsible for presentations of his instruments at the Paris Musée de la Musique since its opening (1997).
As a soloist of his rare instruments, Thomas Bloch plays the complete classical and modern repertoire (Messiaen, Varese, Honegger, Jolivet, Bussotti, Mozart, Donizetti, Hasse, Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, Beethoven, Richard Strauss...). He also plays 10 to 15 premieres each year, from avant garde music (Michel Redolfi, Regis Campo, Etienne Rolin, Bernard Wisson, Jan Erik Mikalsen...) to popular music composers (Jonny Greenwood, Damon Albarn, Tom Waits...) and performs in numerous recording sessions.
He has been part of more than 200 TV and radio programs.
© Frédéric Godard