Thomas Ridgway is a Piano Teacher at Gray School of Music
Thomas Ridgway, a Young Steinway Artist, has been featured as a soloist with several orchestras, playing works by both Beethoven and Ravel. The Choral Ridge concert series of Fort Lauderdale, FL invited Thomas to perform a recital of solo works by Liszt and Prokofiev. Thomas also participated in a celebration of all of Bach’s Partitas for solo keyboard in 2015, performing in Vanderbilt’s Turner Hall and Steinway galleries of Birmingham, AL and Nashville, TN. He has appeared in the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert series in 2014 performing solo works and chamber music with their musicians. Festivals Thomas has attended include the Chigiana International Festival in Sienna, Italy, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Chautauqua Piano Program in New York. In addition to performing live on the radio on WFMT’s Introductions, he has played in masterclasses for artists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Paul Badura-Skoda, Emanuel Ax, and Stephen Hough.
Currently, Thomas is attending Southern Methodist University pursuing his Performer’s Diploma with Dr. Carol Leone. Thomas received full tuition scholarships at SMU, Northwestern University (M.M.) and Vanderbilt University (B.M.) for his dedication to performance and academic achievement. Thomas’ previous teachers include Boris Slutsky and Alan Chow of Northwestern, Dr. Craig Nies of Vanderbilt, and Patricia Windt. When Thomas is not focusing on music, he can be found playing chess and sailing.