Born in Melbourne in 1971, David Thomas studied clarinet at the University of Melbourne with Phillip Miechel and the Vienna Conservatorium with Roger Salander. He has held the position of Principal Clarinet with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2000, and was previously Associate Principal Clarinet with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular member of the Australian World Orchestra, and teaches clarinet and chamber music at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), where he has been Head of Woodwind since 2008.
As soloist David has performed with orchestras around Australia and with conductors including Markus Stenz, Oleg Caetani and David Robertson. David is increasingly active as a performer of contemporary solo repertoire for the clarinet. He has given premiere performances of concertos by Australian composers Ross Edwards (2007, dedicated to David), Nicholas Routley and Philip Czaplowski. David also premiered Richard Mills’ Diary of Transformations for clarinet and string quartet, has performed Brett Dean’s concerto Ariel’s Music with the Sydney Symphony, and is soloist on an ABC Classics release of Ross Edwards’ Clarinet Concerto with the MSO conducted by Arvo Volmer.