New Zealand oboist Thomas Hutchinson was a winner of the 66th ARD competition in Munich in 2017, as well as the special prize for the best performance of the commissioned work by Thierry Escaish.
He has made numerous appearances as soloist, including with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchener Kammerorchester, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Orchestra Victoria, Bach Musica NZ, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
In 2015 he was appointed to the position of associate principal oboe with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis. Since then he has been invited to play principal oboe with orchestras around the world, most notably the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
Thomas studied in Auckland and Melbourne before moving to Paris where he was unanimously admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris to study with Jacques Tys and David Walter, graduating in 2015 with highest honours. He also received invaluable advice and teaching from Maurice Bourgue, Gordon Hunt, Diana Doherty and Jeffrey Crellin.
Thomas plays an oboe made for him by Dupin Manufactory in Luxembourg.