Biography

Tomas Mach

Violinist, composer, pedagogue

 

 

Tomas grew up in a musical family. From his childhood, as well as classical music, he was (also) interested in Bluegrass (acoustic music of the American countryside). At the age of sixteen, he began to teach at the Summer Bluegrass Workshop in Moravia, where he met leading Czech performers of this musical genre. Several recordings have emerged from their collaborations, of which the most successful gained awards in the prestigious US magazine Bluegrass Unlimited.

 

In 1995 he interrupted his studies at the Conservatory in Teplice and left for the USA. Here he met Matt Glaser, Head of the string department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, who invited him to his private lessons. Mach accepted the invitation. He lived in New York, made his living as a personal driver for the family of a famous physician, occasionally played concerts, for example with Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta, and visited Matt Glaser in Boston at Berklee College of Music.

 

In the autumn of 1996, a tragic family event brought him back to the Czech Republic.

 

In 1997 he graduated from the Conservatory in Teplice in the class of prof. Doc. Vadim Skibin from Minsk.

 

In Freiburg, Germany, he won a competition for a scholarship to Berklee, but he has never returned to the United States. In the summer of 1997, he performed a concert tour in Estonia with legendary American banjo player Tony Trischka. In the autumn of the same year, he became a member of the Severočeská Filharmonie  (The North Czech Philharmonics) in Teplice, where he played for two years.

 

Furthermore, his musical activities began to become more directed towards the area of jazz. He became a member of Ondrej Havelka's Melody Makers, and orchestra focused on the authentic interpretation of swing music of the 20s and 30s. 
Mach was also teaching at the Prague Conservatory of Jaroslav Jezek.

 

 

 

 

In January 2002, he left for Thailand and joined the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. For two years he taught at the Bangkok Symphony Music School.

 

After returning from Thailand, he founded a quartet and performed his own compositions. With this quartet, he released a CD called Al 'Argentino. Tracks from this album won awards at the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, USA.

 

In 2011, he accepted an invitation to perform at the Kansai Music Conference in Japan. Over the following years, he returned regularly to Japan and performed with pianist and singer Hiroko Matsumoto from Osaka.

 

In 2012, he was invited to the TEDxKyoto conference, where he gave a speech about sacred geometry, its natural relationship to music, and he performed his solo violin compositions there.

 

In 2014 he made a spiritual journey through India, during which he received an invitation from the President of Ashram, Sri Ramana Maharishi, to play a solo violin concert in Tiruvannamalai.

 

He has hosted many musical projects covering a wide range of genres, for example, collaboration with the project “The Collection of Paintings by Karel Slenger”.

 

In 2016 he released a CD with Hiroko Matsumoto called Salut d'Amour celebrating women (for more information please see MUSIC) and a CD called S láskou containing three Japanese songs.


Tomáš currently lives in Prague, is engaged in concerts and compositions, co-operates intensively with Hiroko Matsumoto and regularly performs in both Czech Republic and Japan.
 

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