Thomas Guldborg joined the NZSO as associate principal percussion/assistant timpani in 2008. Prior to this he worked as sub-principal percussion with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a position he held for nearly 6 years. Before moving to Malaysia, Thomas worked in his native country of Denmark, where he held contract positions with several orchestras, and briefly held the position of principal percussion with the Aalborg Symphony. Thomas received his Master of Music from the Aalborg conservatory of Music, and his Graduate Diploma in Percussion Performance from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was a student of Will Judgins of the Boston Symphony. While studying in the USA, Thomas was a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra under Music Director Benjamin Zander, as well as a member of the Callithumpian Consort. He performed regularly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and New World Symphony under MD Michael Tilson Thomas. In 1999 Thomas was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and in 2000 he received the inaugural John Cage Memorial Award for new music at NEC.
Thomas lives in Miramar with his wife Margaret, and three daughters Natalie, Danielle and Amelia. He has a passion for food and bicycling, and when not practicing he can usually be found in the kitchen or on his bike around the bays of Wellington or in the hills of Makara.
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