Solo English Horn - Royal Danish Orchestra.
With 4 previous tenure orchestral positions and 28 years teaching experience.
Rixon Thomas is today one of Australia´s leading musicians. Born in 1973, he is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying oboe with Linda Walsh and Diana Doherty. He completed his final year 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
Rixon attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High school . He has also 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 tenure position in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
As a finalist in the Australian Young Performers Competition, Rixon has performed the Zimmermann Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony, and in 2001 the Strauss Oboe Concerto with 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 Rixon 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 tenure position. In 2005 Rixon broadened his horizons still further by moving to Europe. 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 Rixon Thomas became the first Australian ever to be accepted to be a member of the Royal Danish Orchestra; he joined the orchestra's oboe section as Solo Cor Anglais and presently has a tenure position.
In 2011 Rixon was chosen to play in the Australian World Orchestra. This orchestra, formed of Australia's top musicians from around the world, had its inaugural performance in the Sydney Opera House, and in 2013 included Melbourne in its concert series.
In 2018 Rixon became an artist with the German instrument makers Gebrüder Mönnig.
In 2019 Rixon returned to Sydney with his family and joined the Opera Australia Orchestra.
Today Rixon continues to live happily in Copenhagen with his wife, Ida, and 3 children, returning often to visit and work in Australia.
Great Teacher! Very knowledgeable about a variety of excerpts, and very clearly communicated his ideas to me. I plan to study with him again!
Rixon Thomas is a excellent teacher. I have become a much better player since I have been studying with him. He is a very perceptive, structured, and thorough teacher as well as being a really fine player. The lessons are really fun and I also recommend Rixon highly.
I had a lesson with Rixon. He was very helpful and obviously enjoyed teaching very much. Even over the internet, he was able to discern some aspects of my playing that could use some improvements. I recommend Rixon highly.