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Eric Thomas
BMus (Hons) MMus

Eric is a young lutenist and guitarist based in Edinburgh and Glasgow. He studied music at the University of Edinburgh, where he was a finalist in the prestigious Tovey Competition 2012, and gained a BMus (Hons) degree. During his time there he studied guitar with Andrew Stowell and then with Matthew McAllister. He has received masterclasses from eminent classical guitarists David Russell, Paul Galbraith, David Tannebaum and Allan Neave. 

His time at the University of Edinburgh has also ignited interests in composition and early music. He has studied composition with Prof. Nigel Osborne, Prof. Peter Nelson and Yati Durant, and has had his compositions played by Edinburgh University Composers Orchestra. His enthusiasm for early music led him to the lute and to have lessons with Gordon Ferries, Jacob Heringman, Elizabeth Kenny, and masterclasses with Nigel North and Paul O'Dette. He plays lute and viol with the Galloway Consort and Glasgow Gamba Club, as well as appearing with many other ensembles.

He is currently studying for an MMus in Historically Informed Performance Practice jointly at The University of Glasgow and the Royal Conservatiore of Scotland under the supervision of John Butt and David McGuinness, and receiving lute tuition from Jamie Akers. He is founder of Bruntsifeld Guitar School, and takes great pleasure in teaching pupils of all ages! 

  • The next instrument I would like to learn is the oud
  • If I was an animal I would be a tortoise.
  • My favourite food is curry.
  • My favourite country I have visited so far is the Netherlands

Eric teaches guitar.

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