Violinist, Composer, Ohio native, and Lake Affect Arts Artistic Director Thomas Stuart is currently finishing an Artist Diploma at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto Canada. Previously Thomas received his Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music(CIM) with distinguished soloist Joan Kwuon. Thomas’ time at CIM was incredibly influential as it is where a guild of composers and artists came together to found Lake Affect Arts.
Thomas is an experienced concert artist, having performed on stages around the world including Mixon Hall, The Aspen Music Festival, The Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Sarasota Music Festival, and the historic Chapel at Trinity College in Cambridge England at the Cambridge International Violin Academy. He has performed in master classes for many celebrated teachers such as Anni Kavafian, Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, Masao Kawasaki, Mark Kosower, and Peter Salaff. His resume also includes appearances with the Toledo Symphony performing such works as the Sibelius Violin Concerto, as well as concerts with the Toledo Opera and Ballet. While serving as the violinist in Quatour Aliquet, the group advanced to the semi finals of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and was awarded the Lincoln Center Award for Best Student Performance. Thomas has been privileged to work with a long list of esteemed artists including, Barry Shiffman, Franklin Cohen, Alexander Kerr, Joshua Fisher, and Yi-Wen Jiang.
Thomas is a passionate fan of everything from big band jazz, the variety shows of the 40s and 50s, Beethoven’s masterpiece of a violin concerto, the experiments of Radiohead, to the new and evolving frontiers of Western Music. He is tremendously excited to bring fresh and exciting new programming on the behalf of Lake Affect Arts to the historic LaSalle Theater as well as a great deal of other venues around the greater Cleveland area and Ohio over.