Currently residing in Cape Town, South African born Thomas de Bruin’s career started when he participated in national music competitions and also made several recordings for the SABC. Post school, he obtained his “Degré fin d’etude” at the National Conservatory of Lyon in France, where he studied for a year in 1997/98. He received a Pretorium Trust bursary during his final year of study, then completed his BMUS performance degree, cum laude, at the University of Pretoria and a Teacher’s Licentiate at UNISA (with flute as his main instrument).
He has performed as the principal flautist of The Pro Musica Orchestra in Johannesburg, performing in orchestral concerts, performing some of the “standard orchestral repertoire” such as symphonies and operas, such as Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Puccini’s La Bohéme to name two. As a member of The Johannesburg Festival Orchestra (playing flute and piccolo), he was involved in orchestral performances and has played for productions such as FNB’s “Swan Lake” and the Johannesburg performances of William Kentridge’s “Magic Flute” in 2007. He has also played piccolo and flute for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018.
He has proven to be a versatile performer, travels nationally, and has since performed as a soloist or has accompanied various artists during recitals, concerts, music festivals, cabarets, weddings and private functions. He also collaborates with a variety of performers as he did a unique collaboration with performance poet and pianist Lara Kirsten, for a project called The 3B’s: “Lost and Transcribed”, where Lara’s poetry was intertwined with the music of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms and having travelled nationally. He also collaborated with singer-songwriter and cabaret artist Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch, in a 2018 US Woordfees production of “Drink hulle tee in kanada?” with the Stellenbosch United Brothers.
His first CD, “Unvoiced” was released in 2014; a selection of contemporary songs with piano accompaniment and in 2016 he has a made an appearance on “Top Billing”.
Thomas is an accomplished chamber musician having performed with many singers and instrumentalists nationally and has founded the successful “Trio de Musique” (a flute trio) in 2016.
He has taught music at schools such as the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, Parklands College and CURRO in Cape Town. He has started his own music educating studio, “The Music Room”, in 2019. As an adjudicator, he has adjudicated the wind sections of eisteddfods such as the Cape Town and Helderberg Eisteddfod.