Sydney-based cellist, Thomas Rann is Artistic Director and Cellist of Australia Quartet, UTS Piano Quartet in Residence.
Following studies in the UK (Guildhall School), Switzerland (International Menuhin Music Academy) and Australia (ANAM and Sydney
Conservatorium) with teachers including Raphael Wallfisch, Niall Brown, Uzi Wiesel and Frans Helmerson, Thomas has established himself as an active chamber musician, soloist and teacher.
He has won numerous awards and prizes including the Muriel Taylor Scholarship for Cellists (London), ANAM Concerto Competition, Hattori Foundation Award, E.V.Llewellyn Prize, Tait Memorial Trust Award, and the Henderson Bequest Scholarship.
Rann has performed as soloist and chamber musician at venues including Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Victoria Hall (Geneva), St.Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster Abbey, Juilliard School, and the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room.
Rann’s festival appearances include the Verbier Festival Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Adelaide International Cello Festival, the International Holland Music Sessions , the Israel International Cello Congress, Sydney Festival, Canberra International Music Festival and the Kronberg International Cello Festival.
Upcoming performances with Australia Quartet include appearances at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Sydney Opera House Utzon Room, Elder Hall (Adelaide), Goossens Hall ABC Sunday Live as well as two series at the Independent Theatre North Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney.
Rann plays on a modern French cello made in Montpellier, France in
2010 by master luthier, Frederic Chaudiere.
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Blog posts and interviews with Thomas
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We asked Thomas a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? I was 9 when I decided to become a musician and 14 when I chose to follow the cellist path.
I began the cello as my school at the time needed cellos in the orchestra, and my love developed for it through my early singing performances, as it is the instrument closest to the human voice!
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? Meditating, going to the theatre, eating and drinking in various favourite haunts and spending time with friends and family.
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? It depends on my mood and how well the concert went (!) – either a red wine, champagne, G&T or even a beer!
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? An hour is an ideal concert length for audience and performers with a short pause halfway.
- When should we clap? Clap when you want to clap! Sometimes there are moments when music sounds like it is ending, and it is in fact continuing and this can be a bit troubling to players, but enthusiasm is always welcome! The out-dated ettiquette around classical concerts is a key reason for declining audiences and these barriers need to be broken!