B i o g r a p h y
Hull-born cellist, Thomas Bertolotti graduated from his Masters studies at the Royal Academy of Music in the class of Christoph Richter in 2016. He received the Zara Nelsova Trust Award towards his postgraduate studies and is a recipient of a highly sought after Help Musicians Postgraduate Scholarship.
Thomas began playing at the age of eight. By the age of 15, he was awarded a highly sought-after scholarship to study at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. During this time highlights included performing Kol Nidrei with the JRNCM Chamber Orchestra, and reaching the Pro Corda Chamber Music Competition Finals two years running.
Aged just 19, Thomas made his professional concerto debut with orchestra performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim. He has had success in numerous competitions including being a finalist in the prestigious Royal Academy of Music Brahms Competition as well as receiving a diploma from Stockholm International Music Competition and third prize in the "Grand Virtuoso Prize" competition.
He is increasingly performing internationally and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in festivals in Europe and the USA including Heifetz International Music Institute in Virginia and the Aurora Festival in Sweden.
Since 2018 he has performed as principal cellist in Accademia Teatro alla Scala. In December 2020 he took on a position in the Slovak State Phiharmonic Orchestra in Kosice.