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Ines ThomeGerman-born guitarist Ines Thomé is a multifaceted musician who performs internationally as a solo and chamber musician. She studied classical guitar in Frankfurt and Stuttgart and completed her Artist Diploma in 2011 with distinction. In 2013 she received a Master′s degree (again, with distinction) at Stuttgart State University of Music and Performing Arts where she studied with Professor Johannes Monno. In August 2013 she began post-graduate work at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she will continue as a doctoral student in the studio of Prof. William Kanengiser (LAGQ). Since a young age Ines won first prizes as a solo and chamber musician in national competitions. Later she received awards from numerous international competitions in Germany and Italy and received a special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Johann Sebastian Bach at the International Guitar Competition in Erwitte. In 2014 she won the International Guitar Competition in Walnut Creek, California and is already booked for a solo concert tour through northern California in 2015. Highlights of the 2013/14 season showcase Ines′ diverse musical interests: Her duo „Gifts from over Sea“ with soprano Katina Mitchell played more than 20 concerts in Los Angeles in the past months. She played lute and baroque guitar at USC Baroque Sinfonia and as a continuo player in several projects. In March she was invited to join the Colburn Orchestra in John Adams′ clarinet concerto „Gnarly Buttons“ in which she played banjo, mandolin and guitar under the baton of the composer. 2013 saw the release of “Black is the Colour,” her second album with the band „Arven,“ which promptly entered the German pop music charts. Ines Thomé is supported by grants from the „Kogel & Schmidt foundation“, the „Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now“ foundation in Frankfurt and from the „Society of Friends“ of the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts.

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