Jennifer Thomas (pianist)

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Jennifer Thomas
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Background information
Born (1977-06-23) June 23, 1977 (age 41)
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Classical, crossover, new-age.
Instruments Piano, violin
Labels Independent
Website www.jenniferthomasmusic.com

Jennifer Thomas (born June 23, 1977) is an American pianist, violinist, composer, performing artist, and recording artist. She was classically trained at Brigham Young University-Idaho, and started composing in 2003, later releasing her first debut album in 2007. [1] [2] [3] Thomas has issued five albums, the latest 'Key of Sea (10 Year Special Edition) was released in October 2017. In 2012 Thomas was named Classical Crossover UK's "Female Artist of the Year".

Career[edit]

Thomas is known for writing and performing piano-centered orchestral music from classical music to classical music crossover and cinematic orchestral Epic music. While most of her works are original, she also covers classical pieces as well as pop music and movie soundtracks. Thomas has also composed film scores, where she won the Gold Medal of Excellence in the 2011 Park City Film Music Festival for "Music in a Short Film" [4] as well as a 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Award for "Best Film Score for Documentary/Short".[5]

Thomas' third album, "Illumination" won "Album of the Year" and "Artist of the Year" at the 2013 IMC Awards.[6][7] In October 2015 "Illumination" also won the "Classical Song of the Year" International Music and Entertainment Association Award ,[8] and the Enlightened Piano Radio Award for "Best piano album with instrumentation" at Carnegie Hall New York City - where she performed live at the awards ceremony.[9] Winter Symphony - Jennifer Thomas (pianist) album Thomas' fourth album was released in November 2015. Mixed by five time Grammy Award winner Brian Vibberts, contributors included Glen Gabriel, Ricky Kej and Taylor Davis (violinist). Following the album release, Thomas performed concerts at Salt Lake City, Atascocita, Texas and the Benaroya Hall Seattle.[2] The album has received many favorable reviews and during 2016 won several prestigious awards. In March 2017 Thomas arranged an orchestral cover of the Beauty and the Beast (Disney song) featuring cellist Armen Ksajikian to coincide with the release of the Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films movie Beauty and the Beast (2017 film). During July 2017 Thomas collaborated with poet J.ournal to produce a double award winning track and video Nine Twelve, a powerful 9/11 reminder message, [10] and in October 2017 she released a 10 year special re-mastered edition of her 2007 album 'Key of Sea'.

Discography[edit]

Albums:

  • Key of Sea (10 Year Special Edition) (2017)[11]
  • Winter Symphony (2015).[12][13]
  • Illumination (2012)[14]
  • The Lullaby Album, Vols 1 & 2 (2009)[15]
  • Key of Sea (2007)[16]

Thomas also features on the following albums;

Film and TV[edit]

List:

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Category Work Result Ref
2018 Classical Artist of the Year - IMEA Awards Key of Sea (10 Year Special Edition) Nominated [37]
2018 Classical Album of the Year - IMEA Awards Key of Sea (10 Year Special Edition) Nominated [38]
2018 Music Video of the Year - IMEA Awards A Beautiful Storm Nominated [39]
2018 Best Spoken Word - Roundglass Music Awards Nine Twelve (with J.ournal) Won

[40]

2017 Best Message Song/Social Impact - Music Genre Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nine Twelve (with J.ournal)) Won

[41]

2017 Best Independent Music Video - Music In Visual Media Hollywood Music in Media Awards Nine Twelve (with J.ournal) Nominated

[42]

2017 Best Original Score - Short Film - Music In Visual Media Hollywood Music in Media Awards Desert Rose Nominated

[43]

2017 Best Music Video - Global Peace Song Awards Alleluia Won - Jury Vote

[44]

2016 Holiday Album of the Year - International Music and Entertainment Assoc Awards Winter Symphony Won

[45]

2016 Classical Artist of the Year - International Music and Entertainment Assoc Awards Winter Symphony Nominated [46]
2016 Classical Song of the Year - International Music and Entertainment Assoc Awards Winter Symphony Won

[47]

2016 Music Video of the Year - International Music and Entertainment Assoc Awards Carol of the Bells Nominated [48]
2016 Global Peace Song Awards - Opera/Classical Eventide Won - Public Vote [49]
2016 Global Peace Song Awards - A Cappella/Choral Alleluia Won - Jury Vote [50]
2016 Best Music Video - Utah Music Awards Carol of the Bells Nominated [51]
2016 Best Cinematography in a Music Video - Utah Music Awards Carol of the Bells (cinematographer Tel Stewart) Won [52]
2016 Best Original Instrumental Song - Utah Music Awards Winter Symphony Nominated [51]
2016 Best in Holiday Genre - Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2016 Winter Symphony Won [53]
2016 Best LIVE Classical Performance (Live at Benaroya Hall) - Indie Music Channel Awards 2016 Winter Symphony Won [54]
2016 Music Video of the Year Award (Alleluia) - Indie Music Channel Awards 2016 Winter Symphony Won [55]
2016 Best Classical Music Video (Over $5,000) - Alleluia - Indie Music Channel Awards 2016 Winter Symphony Won [56]
2016 Best Female Classical Artist - Indie Music Channel Awards 2016 Winter Symphony Nominated [57]
2016 Best Classical Song - Indie Music Channel Awards 2016 Winter Symphony Nominated [57]
2016 Holiday Album of the Year - Enlightened Piano Radio Awards Winter Symphony Nominated [58]
2016 Global Music Awards 2016 Winter Symphony Silver Medal [59]
2016 Album of the Year - Top 20 of 2015 Music Critic Michael Debbage Winter Symphony Won [60]
2015 Classical Song of the Year - International Music and Entertainment Awards Illumination Won [61]
2015 Best Orchestral Piano Album - Enlightened Piano Radio Awards Illumination Won [62]
2013 Album of the Year - Indie Music Channel Awards Illumination Won [6]
2013 Artist of the Year - Indie Music Channel Awards Illumination Won [63]
2013 Best Soundtrack Artist - Indie Music Channel Awards Illumination Won [64]
2013 Best Classical Artist - Indie Music Channel Awards Illumination Won [65]
2013 Best Neo-Classical Album - Zone Music Reporter Awards Illumination Nominated [66]
2012 Top Female Artist of the Year - Classical Crossover UK Illumination Won [67]
2012 The Indie Award - Classical Crossover UK Illumination Won [68]
2012 Best Original Score - Hollywood Music in Media Awards Minuet Won [69]
2012 Best Contemporary/Orchestral Song - Hollywood Music in Media Awards Illumination Nominated [70]
2012 Piano Heaven UK Illumination Won [71]
2012 Best Classical Song - Hollywood Music in Media Awards Moonlight Nominated [72]
2011 Best Classical Song - Hollywood Music in Media Awards Toccata and Fugue (Illumination) Nominated [73]
2011 Gold Medal of Excellence - Park City Film Music Festival Minuet Won [4]
2008 Swan Lake Music and Motion Picture Awards - Audience Vote Award Fly Away Won [74]
2007 Swan Lake Music and Motion Picture Awards - Digital Film Release Won [75]

Early life[edit]

Thomas was born in Seattle, Washington. She got her first toy piano at the age of 3, and began formal lessons on both the piano and violin at the age of 5, under the tutelage of her mother, Carolyn Southworth.[7] Her brothers also learned piano, violin, and cello from their mother. Jennifer and her older brother played in grade school orchestras, with Southworth as a conductor's assistant. Thomas continued to train classically, and was involved in many recitals and piano adjudications through her teen years. She played with various youth orchestras and high school orchestras. She performed at her high school graduation, and later went to Brigham Young University-Idaho.[7]

At Brigham Young University-Idaho, Thomas studied piano under Professor Stephen Allen. She was a member of the university's Piano Ensemble group, accompanied the College choir and many vocal/instrumental students, as well as played violin in the university symphony. Thomas also competed in the University's Concerto Competition, where she took 2nd place performing the Piano Concerto No. 3 (Prokofiev).[7]

After college graduation, Thomas moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, and was a regular performer with the Temple Square Concert Series, and played violin in the Murray, Utah Symphony Orchestra. While performing with the Murray Symphony, Thomas was a featured soloist on the Edward MacDowell Piano Concerto No.2.[76] She eventually moved to Northwest, where she performed as a violinist with the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, and worked for the Seattle Symphony in the Education Department. It was during her time working for the Seattle Symphony when she started composing her own original music.

Personal life[edit]

Thomas is married to Will Thomas, an ultra-marathon competitor who, in 2015, competed in the 106 mile race Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc in France. Together, they have three children and reside in the Seattle, Washington area.[7]

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