Called "insanely clever" by ClassicFM, UK Thomas Giles is a New York City-based saxophonist devoted to the performance of contemporary music and the creation of interdisciplinary work. He is the baritone chair of the Mana Quartet, performs a growing number of solo engagements, and often collaborates with artists of other media as multi-instrumentalist, improviser, and composer.
In the 2017/2018 season, Giles was featured as a concerto soloist with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse University Wind Ensemble, and the Brooklyn Wind Symphony; he has also performed with the New York City Opera, Ensemble Contemporaneous, Metropolis Ensemble, New World Symphony, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, National Music Festival Orchestra, Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, MERGE Art Collective, and the Pig Iron Theater Company. Giles has worked closely with an increasing number of innovative composers in preparation for performances and recordings, including Meredith Monk, David Lang, Charles Wuorinen, Martin Bresnick, David Maslanka, Michael Colgrass, Troy Herion, William Brittelle, and the American indie rock duo Wye Oak.
Performance highlights include such venues and festivals as Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, FringeArts Philadelphia, Festival of New American Music, Trinity Chamber Concerts of Berkley, Community Concerts at Second of Baltimore, Ethos New Music Festival, SoundWired Chicago, Atlanta’s Eyedrum New Music Gallery, Jacksonville’s Friday Musicale, Music in the Mountains (CO), Nußloch Kulturzentrum (Germany), Münster Musikhochschule (Germany), Musik am Sonnenrain (Germany), Bartholomeus Gasthuis (Netherlands), Conservatoire de Strasbourg (France), Art Academy of Szczecin (Poland), University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and many others.
Giles has performed and taught masterclasses at dozens of institutions across the United States, including the Manhattan School of Music, Miami’s Frost School of Music, the universities of Syracuse, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Fredonia, California at Davis, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Arkansas, Colorado State Pueblo, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Northern Illinois, and abroad at the Art Academy of Szczecin, Poland.
In 2016, Giles recevied the Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University's College of Music, where he held a teaching fellowship for three years. He now teaches for the Harmony Program and the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Thomas Giles is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist. His principal teachers have been Timothy McAllister, Lawrence Gwozdz, Patrick Meighan, and Carina Raschèr.