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Composer, Violinist, Lecturer
Thomas Wally is an Austrian composer, violinist and teacher of "Historical Composition Techniques" at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. His music has been performed in Europe, New York, Canada, Argentina, Iran, Hong Kong and Tokyo by ensembles and orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy Symphony Orchestra Hong Kong, Klangforum Wien, PHACE, OENM, Mondrian Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, by Duo Soufflé, Ensemble Zeitfluss, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, ensemble LUX, Ensemble Platypus, Ensemble Reconsil, Ensemble Wiener Collage, Hugo Wolf Quartet, Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band, Studio for New Music Ensemble Moscow, Trio Eis, Antlia Trio, Trio Frühstück, Webern Symphonie Orchester, Wiener Concert-Verein and the Zalodek Ensemble.
His compositions have been broadcasted by Ö1, Radio Orange, radio klassik Stephansdom (Austria), Kulturradio RBB (Germany), RAI Bozen (Italy) and NHK (Japan). Thomas Wally has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships such as the Austrian state scholarship for composition (2009, 2012, 2018), the Helmut Sohmen composition prize 2009, the Outstanding Artist Award 2010 by the Federal Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the Förderungspreis of the City of Vienna 2012. 2015 his composition loop fantasy was awarded the 2nd prize at the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award, Tokyo. 2016 he received a Theodor Körner Förderpreis for Caprice (VII) ultrajaune. Thomas Wally is recipient of the Musik-Preis der Stadt Wien 2016 ("Music Prize of the City of Vienna").
As a violinist, Thomas Wally dedicates himself to the performance of contemporary music, inter alia as co-founder and violinist of ensemble LUX. Since 2002 he is a frequent substitute with the Vienna Philharmonic and in the Vienna State Opera.
Thomas Wally studied composition with Dietmar Schermann, Erich Urbanner, Chaya Czernowin and violin with Josef Hell at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In 2005/2006 he spent an exchange year at the Sibelius Akatemia Helsinki as a student of Paavo Heininen.
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