Thomas Maternik-Piret

Thomas Maternik-PiretContact Information
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Education Information
Rameau Conservatory
Royal College of Music in London

Thomas Maternik-Piret was born in Avignon, France, where he started his cello studies at the Olivier Messian Conservatory. At age 17, he obtained first prize in the cello and string quartet disciplines at the Rameau Conservatory in Dijon, Burgundy. Shortly after obtaining his masters in these disciplines, he joined the studio of Helene Dautry at the Conservatory of Fresnes in Paris. During his time there he obtained additional conservatory prizes in cello and chamber music, appeared regularly as an orchestral soloist, and was a prizewinner at the International Glazunov Cello Competition.

In 2005, the Royal College of Music of London offered Thomas a four-year scholarship to study with Jerome Pernoo. While furthering his studies, Thomas won first prize at the Ealing International Chamber Music Competition and extensively toured Europe as both a soloist and chamber musician. Thomas has played in the cello section of the Academy of St. Martin in the Field and was the principal cellist of the Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra.

Thomas is an active ambassador of the arts. While in London, he dedicated a number of years to creating and running the Maternik Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing music to children in the hospital and hospice. One of the foundation’s core projects, Once Upon a Time, saw the commission of a children's opera and its performance in both the United Kingdom and Brazil.

Thomas is currently the Cello Professor at the University of North Alabama, the Orchestra Director at the Florence Academy of Fine Arts and the Principal cello of the Shoal Symphony Orchestra.