Principal Cor Anglais – Opera Australia Orchestra; Soloist – Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Denmark
Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Rixon Thomas attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School and in 1991 was elected House Captain and School Captain. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) Degree in 1997 whilst holding the full-time positions of Guest Principal Cor Anglais and then 2nd Oboe in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He later studied in Berlin, Paris, Munich, London and Copenhagen with such oboists as Heinz Holliger and Albrecht Meyer (Berlin Philharmonic).
In 1998 Rixon was awarded a permanent tenured position in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the same time as being a finalist in the “Other Instruments” section of the Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards. He has performed the Zimmermann Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and in 2001 the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Through the “Young Australian of the Year Awards”, Rixon was chosen as an Australia Day Ambassador, being invited to speak in communities throughout NSW. In November 1999 he won the Arts category for the Young Australian of the Year Awards as well as the overall “Year 2000 Young Achiever of the Year” for NSW.
In February 2003 Rixon auditioned for the Solo Cor Anglais position in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and in June the same year was offered a tenured position. In 2005 he broadened his horizons further by moving to Europe. Following his heart as well as the draw of the world’s centre for classical music and a week after moving to Denmark, Rixon won the audition for the position of Solo Cor Anglais in the Copenhagen Philharmonic.
On the 18th May 2007 Thomas became the first Australian ever to be accepted to be a member of the Royal Danish Orchestra, and presently has a tenured position. This highly prestigious orchestra is the world’s oldest, established for the Danish Royal Court in 1448. After a three round, nine hour international audition, Rixon was unanimously selected to join the orchestra’s oboe section as Solo Cor Anglais. Rixon is currently based in Copenhagen, whilst maintaining strong ties to Australia through the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Opera Australia Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra.
Last updated 2020