Artistic Director of
and performer on clarino,
loyal researcher and retriever,
call and gentle critic.
founder and Artistic Director of
clarino as soloist with many prominent period instrument ensembles
throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Freas has participated
in numerous festivals where he performed Bach's
Brandenburg Concerto N°2
on clarino and the Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb on "keyed"
delivers exceptionally secure playing. The clarino is a tough instrument,
so just having his technique in place puts Freas ahead of many other
players. Beyond that, he plays ‘musically, with … the harpsichord, and
every other instrument.” [Fanfare]
Thom is the first American to record Brandenburg Concerto N°2
on valveless baroque trumpet. You can hear that recording with
Anthony Newman on Sony Classical and Vivaldi's Concerto for Two
Trumpets on the Newport Classics label. He can also be heard on
Champignon International, Classic Master, Helicon Records, Koch, Music
Masters, Telarc and Vox.
Click here for examples.
studied with Armando Ghitalla, Principal Trumpet Boston Symphony
Orchestra; William Vacchiano, Principal Trumpet New York Philharmonic; and
Roger Voisin, Principal Trumpet Boston Symphony Orchestra.
A highly sought after teacher, Thom as been on the faculties of and
presented master classes at several colleges, conservatories and
universities. His students consistently win positions to participate
in All-State, All-New England and All-Eastern festivals, as well as
national summer music camps/festivals. They continue to occupy
principal chairs in youth orchestras in Connecticut, New York and New
England. Many have been awarded scholarships to continue their
education at the most prestigious music conservatories, colleges and
universities. Thom is also an adjudicator for the Baroque trumpet
division of the National Trumpet Competition.
listening to a
portion of Biber's
Sonata in C Major
featuring Thom Freas, clarino, with two baroque violins,
baroque contrabass and harpsichord
continues her research as
appointed as Frisco's assistant on Easter
weekend 2004, contemplates becoming the second clarino player in the