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David Thomas

Principal Clarinetist of the Columbus Symphony in Ohio since 1989, David H Thomas has had an extensive career as a soloist, chamber player and orchestral player.


During his previous position as Principal Clarinetist of the Kennedy Center Orchestra in Washington, DC, 1983-89,he was also well known in the metropolitan area for his numerous solo and chamber music recitals.

Beyond his many appearances as soloist with the Columbus Symphony, Mr. Thomas has performed concertos with the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony and the National Chamber Orchestra. In 2019, he played the Copland clarinet concerto with the Columbus Symphony.

He will appear as soloist in February 2023 with the Columbus Symphony, in Luciano Berio’s 1986 lush arrangement of Johannes Brahms, Sonata Op. 120 No. 1 in f minor.

Born into a Foreign Service family, David grew up as a world traveler, living in India and Iran as well as Washington D.C. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, collecting antique quilts, cooking, and both indoor and outdoor gardening.