The Art of Guitar

Born and raised in Germany, Thomas Koch began studying the classical guitar at  the age of 11 with Franz-Josef Petri.

Three years later, he became a student of Alfred Eickholt, under who’s guidance, Thomas entered the Hochschule für Musik Köln, where he graduated as a student of professor Dieter Kreidler.

Thomas continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, where he graduated from the class of professor Hans-Michael Koch.

Thomas took master classes and encountered reknown guitarists like Alexandre Lagoya, José Tomas, and Julian Bream and Alperto Ponce, (Spanish guitar legend). Following the master class, Alberto Ponce invited Thomas, to study under his tutelage at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France.

During his eleven year residence in Paris, Thomas performed at the L’Eglise Saint-Merri, L’Office National Suisse du Tourisme, L’Eglise Evangelique Allemand and L’Eglise Italienne.

In 1993, his concert schedule brought him for the first time to the United States, where he performed among other places at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City.

1995 marked the release of his highly acclaimed CD Souvenir de Paris, which received only the best reviews from critics in France, England, Germany, Japan and the United States.

1995 also marked Thomas’ Berlin debut recital. In 2002, Thomas was invited by the German Embassador to the United States, Wolfgang Ischinger to perform a recital at the German Embassy Auditorium in Washington DC.

Thomas Koch lives in Sarasota, Florida, since 1996 where he is a:

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