Thomas Kettle | GBR | *1998
Noxwode Ensemble | Viola
Thomas Kettle is a Scottish violist currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. He completed his Master’s degree in 2021, receiving prizes for his outstanding contribution to the Academy and outstanding final recital. During this time, he developed a particular interest in historical performance and is now completing his Professional Diploma within the Historical Performance department. Whilst at RAM, he has studied with Jane Rogers, Rachel Podger and Paul Silverthorne. Prior to that, he completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying with Duncan Ferguson.
Thomas Kettle enjoys a blossoming freelance career performing with La Serenissima, Armonico Consort, Noxwode Ensemble, La Fiori Musica and La Nuova Musica. In 2020, he was selected as a La Serenissima Emerging Artist and invited to join the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience Scheme. He has recorded for BBC Radio 3 and Signum Classics, appearing on La Serenissima’s latest album Behind Closed Doors. Other highlights include performing at Wigmore Hall on the c.1620 Girolamo Amati tenor viola, generously loaned by the Royal Academy of Music, and being selected for the Continuo Foundation Award to perform at Music at the Tower’s Bach for Good festival.
Thomas Kettle regularly appears as principal violist of the RAM Baroque Soloists, working with renowned artists such as Rachel Podger, Margaret Faultless, John Butt, Eamonn Dougan and Phillippe Herreweghe. He has also appeared as co-principal of the RAM Symphony Orchestra under esteemed conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner and John Wilson.
His postgraduate studies are supported by the Cosman Keller Trust, Scottish International Education Trust and the Sir James Caird Trust, who awarded him the Ernest Bloch Prize in 2020. He received a bursary from the Waddell Trust in 2017 and was awarded Highly Commended in the 2021 Mica Comberti prize.
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Stand: März 2022