Jens Thomas | Germany

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Jens Thomas is an improvisation artist, singer/songwriter, performer and composer. He studied piano (jazz and classical music) with Dieter Glawischnig at the Musikhochschule Hamburg (Hamburg Conservatory). He has been performing at home and in other European countries since 1996, teaches improvisation workshops for the Goethe-Institut on all continents and has published numerous records. He was invited to a number of festivals and awarded, among others, the Internationale Jazzpreis Nürnberg (Nuremberg international jazz prize) and the SWR Jazz Prize.

In 2003 he had his first encounter with the theatre. Thomas performed not only as an improvising piano player but also as a singer in Luk Perceval’s production of “Othello” at the Münchner Kammerspiele in 2003 and in Elmar Goerden’s production of “Clavigo” at the Bayerische Staatsschauspiel in 2004. He subsequently became “artist-in-residence” at the Schauspielhaus Bochum where he develops his concert series “Piano Voices” at the Kammerspiele and composes incidental music.