Thomas (Tom) St John is a Melbourne-based bassoonist who started learning the bassoon after being drawn in by its quirky timbre, rich tone and versatile character. He started learning bassoon at age 11 with Amanda Lee.
From 2013-2015, Tom studied Music Performance under the tuition of Hugh Ponnuthurai at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. As part of his Bachelor degree, he studied at the Kunst Universität Graz, Austria with Krisztina Faludy and received the Bebbington Prize and Stevenson-Hargitay Scholarship.
After completing his degree, Tom packed up all his belongings and flew to Germany. There he undertook a Bachelor of Orchestral Instrument at the Hochschule für Musik Saar under Guilhaume Santana (Principal Bassoon, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra), which he completed in 2017.
Between 2017-2019, Tom completed the Juris Doctor (Law) at the University of Melbourne and worked as a paralegal in public interest, human rights and refugee law. He began training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2020 and has worked closely with artists including Lyndon Watts, Brock Imison, Mark Gaydon, Ole Kristian Dahl and Guilhaume Santana.
He has worked as an orchestral performer in many different ensembles; highlights include playing in Australian Chamber Orchestra's Crowd concert, playing Stravinsky’s Pulcinella on the Saar Hochschuleorchester regional tour, and playing Scriabin at the Graz Musikverein.
Photo by Pia Johnson