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Tomas Gricius

Tomas Gricius, trumpetti
Tomas Gricius, trumpetti Picture by: Jussi Nahkuri rso tomas gricius, trumpetti 2017

Tomas Gricius (b. 1977) studied trumpet at the J. Naujalis School of Music in Kaunas, Lithuania, in 1983-95. He continued his studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (1995-2002) with S. Petrulis, A. Kontautas, and T. Dokshizer. In 1996-1997 Tomas Gricius attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (Profs. J.Miller and A.McAneney). In 2000 he received the SOCRATES/ERASMUS scholarship through an international exchange programme to study trumpet at the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki (Prof. J.Harjanne’s class). The performer has attended master classes held by T.Dokshizer, M.Andre, R.Simons, U.Agnas, and P.K.Svendsen.G.Cassone.
Tomas Gricius is a winner of J.Pakalnis National Wind Instruments Competition (1987, 1992, and 1995).Tomas won first prize in the 3rd international Raimo Sarmas trumpet competition in Lieksa (2007) .
The trumpeter gave solo performances in various festivals with the Prague Chamber orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber, St. Christopher Chamber,Joensuu City,Kaunas Chamber orchestras and with Musica Humana chamber ensemble. He has been also giving many concerts as a performer of chamber music. Together with Gaida Ensemble (Vilnius, Lithuania) he has performed and recorded a lot of contemporary music, and now he is often invited to play concerts with the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.
His teaching experience encompasses work at the J. Naujalis School of Music (2002-04), M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius (2003-05), and Summer music school in Trakai Fanfare Week and Lieksa Brass Week. Tomas Gricius has been working in the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (1997-2005, co-principal trumpet since 2000), and since 2006 Tomas is 2nd solo trumpeter with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In 2008 he was invited to play principal trumpet in the World Symphony Orchestra (Korea tour).