A native of Los Angeles, Thomas Kotcheff (b. 1988) has been establishing himself in Southern California as a successful composer and pianist. His music has been described as “truly beautiful and inspired” (icareifyoulisten.com) and “explosive” (Gramophone magazine). He has received commissions from The Aspen SUMMER Music Festival and School, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Committee, The Argus Quartet, Peabody Camerata, Trio Appassionata, The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and Sandbox Percussion amongst others.
Thomas has been a composition fellow at the Aspen SUMMER Music Festival and School, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, and attended The Bang on a Can SUMMER Music Festival and the MusicXfestival with eighth blackbird. He has been artist in residence at The Byrdcliffe Art Colony, The Kimmel HardingNelson Center for the Arts, The Avaloch Farm Music Institute, The Studios of Key West, and is looking forward to an upcoming residency at The Hermitage Artist Retreat.
Thomas holds degrees in composition and piano performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and The University of Southern California where he is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music in music composition.