Born in Barcelona in 1980, Abel Tomàs began musical studies with his father and the violin with his uncle. Later, he was a student of Zakhar Bron and Serguei Fatkouline at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía and of Viktor Tretjakov at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. In his training as a chamber musician, Abel has been profoundly influenced by his studies with Walter Levin, Rainer Schmidt and György Kurtág.
Abel has been awarded prizes at various national and international competitions in Spain and Argentina. As soloist he has appeared with various orchestras including the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, the Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and with distinguished conductors such as James Judd, Junichi Hirokami, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Carlo Rizzi, Rubén Gimeno and Zubin Mehta. He has given numerous violin recitals, collaborating with pianists Orli Shaham, Eldar Nebolsin, Kennedy Moretti and Hyo-Sun Lim. As a chamber musician, he has also appeared with Gerard Caussé, Marta Gulyas and Suguro Ito.
At sixteen years of age, he was a founding member of the internationally recognised Cuarteto Casals, a chamber music ensemble which today maintains a full calendar of artistic activity, appearing in the most renowned halls in Europe, as well as through tours in Latin America, the United States and Japan.
Since 2004 the quartet has recorded exclusively for Harmonia Mundi, for whom it has recorded numerous works. The quartet was awarded the Spanish Premio Nacional de Música in 2006 and the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona in 2005.
Together with his brother Arnau Tomàs and pianist Hyo-Sun Lim, Abel Tomàs is a founding member of the Ludwig Trio, with which he has recorded two CDs: one of Piano Trios by Beethoven, and a second with the same composer’s Triple Concerto, the latter accompanied by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia and conducted by Víctor Pablo Pérez.
Aside from concertizing, Abel teaches violin and chamber music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona, is a visiting professor for chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, and additionally takes part in courses and masterclasses in both Europe and the United States.
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