B i o g r a p h y
Tomás Jonsson is a Senior at Rice University. He currently studies Piano Performance with Brian Connelly (Classical) and Paul English (Jazz). In addition to his Piano Performance Degree, he is also pursuing a minor in Politics, Law, and Social Thought.
Described as "extraordinarily talented" by Houston Public Media, Tomás is a highly sought-after pianist and composer on the Houston music scene. He has played on many recording projects and is known for his ability to perform with any lineup, in any genre, for any audience. He currently serves as pianist West University Baptist Church in both the Traditional and Contemporary Services. Previously, he spent 3 years playing at the Fountain of Praise, which has given him invaluable mentorship from exceptional musicians deeply rooted in the Black Gospel tradition. He also performs regularly at corporate events, weddings, and private parties (among other venues). Tomás is available for booking as a solo pianist, and can also lead and coordinate the perfect ensemble for your needs, whether it be a trio, quartet with guitar, quartet with horn, or a custom ensemble.
In November of 2019, Tomás made his international debut with Jubilate Deo (EP), a multigenre suite available on all platforms. Featuring 22 different instrumental parts and exploring 4 different genres, Jubilate Deo was completely self-funded and recorded at the nationally recognized Lucky Run Studios in Houston. His next release was Nocturne for Piano and Strings, which he recorded at Stude Concert Hall with talented friends from the Shepherd School of Music. In June of 2021, he accompanied legendary chanteuse Jane Monheit and veteran trombone player Michael Dease at the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium. At the Brevard Jazz Institute that same month, he received personal instruction from some of the most experienced jazz performers in the United States, including Michael Dease, Rodney Whitaker, Ulysses Owens, Jr., and Sharel Cassity.
Tomás has been playing the piano for more than 15 years and has earned recognition for his abilities in classical piano, jazz piano, and composition. Prior to studying classical piano with Brian Connelly at Rice, he studied with Katerina Loudermilk and John Weems.
Selected Recent Achievements:
2021: Pianist in Brevard Jazz Institute's Top Ensemble
2019 Pianist in UNT Jazz Workshop's Top Ensemble
2019 Scored Lil' Hybrids, an animated film that won a Bronze (3rd Place) Remi Award at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
2018 Pauling Piano Competition, 1st Place
2018 All-State Jazz Piano, 2nd Place in Texas
2017 TMTA Piano Concerto Competition, 3rd Place
2016 Forum Young Artist Competition, 1st Place
2016 MTNA Composition Competition, 2nd Place in Texas
2015 TMTA Solo Piano Competition, 1st Place
Works in Progress:
First Impressions (solo piano album of original compositions)
Bitter Suite (1. Ocurencias 2. The In-Between Blues. 3. Last Night in Tunisia), a suite for jazz combo exploring the guajira, the blues, and an original groove in 11/8.