Associate Principal Oboe
New Zealand-born oboist Thomas Hutchinson studied in Auckland with Martin Lee and Alison Jepson before moving to Melbourne to study at the Australian National Academy of Music with Jeffrey Crellin, during which time he won the concerto competition and the most outstanding recital prize.
Following the advice of his teachers, he then moved to Paris to study at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Jacques Tys, David Walter and Frédéric Tardy, where he recently graduated with the highest possible mark of très bien à l’unanimité, avec les felicitations du jury.
A keen chamber musician, in 2015 Thomas undertook a tour of New Zealand with the newly formed Mimosa Ensemble as a part of Chamber Music New Zealand’s Encompass concert series, also playing for the 150th birthday celebrations of Wellington city at the Wellington Opera House.
As soloist, Thomas has made numerous appearances including concerti with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra, Bach Musica NZ, Orchestra Victoria, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.
Thomas has performed as a guest player with the Auckland Philharmonia and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras. In May of 2015 he successfully auditioned for the position of Associate Principal Oboe with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.