Thomas studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne and Diana Ketler, gaining recognition for his thoughtful and searching recital programmes, as well as being a quick and sensitive collaborator. Having presented a string of critical successes, he has also won prizes for his performances of Beethoven, Frederick Delius, Arthur Bliss and the contemporary piano repertoire.
Thomas performs as part of several contemporary-music ensembles, including playing John Cage at the Purcell Room in 2013 and two programmes of Boulez’s music at the 2015 Aldeburgh Music Festival. With his piano duo he performed the complete non-sonata piano works of Boulez, including the two books of Structures, in London as well as various concerts in Australia and around the UK.
With Scordatura Collective, a group dedicated to the performance and proliferation of music by female composers, he is also involved in educational outreach. In other chamber groups he maintains a strong interest in unusual repertoire of the late Romantic, as well as mid-20th-century British music. In addition, he is a specialist in the music of Nikolai Kapustin, having played several local and world premieres of his works.
He has worked with conductors such as Susanna Mälkki, Clement Power, Sian Edwards and Jonathan Berman as well as composers Oliver Knussen, John Adams and Nikolai Kapustin in playing their music. He has also played in classes by Stephen Hough, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Imogen Cooper, Kathryn Stott and Yevgeny Sudbin among others.
Off the concert stage, Thomas often works as a répétiteur, with productions like the first-ever Wagner production in Singapore (Die fliegender Holländer) and the Russian premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence under his belt. He also accompanies and improvises for silent film, having performed at the Barbican Cinema in Erotikon by Gustav Machatý. Thomas also plays the violin, and writes poetry and piano transcriptions of songs and symphonies.