Eloisa-Fleur Thom is a prize-winning violinist, director and curator. Highlights of her career so far have included performing J.S Bach's Concerto for two violins with the celebrated violinist Maxim Vengerov, and chamber music with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood (LCO soloists). In the past few years Eloisa-Fleur has given performances at the Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, the Southbank Centre's 'Deep Minimalism' festival, St George’s Bristol, and has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 6. In 2015/16, Eloisa-Fleur held a creative residency at Heima in Seydisfjordur, Iceland. Eloisa-Fleur is the Artistic Director and Leader of the 12 ensemble, London's un-conducted string orchestra, whose recent projects have included commissioning a new dance work from acclaimed choreographer Alexander Whitley as part of an Aldeburgh Music Residency, and giving the UK premiere of a work by Bryce Dessner at Kings Place. The ensemble recently toured Germany with Max Richter performing at the Berlin Philharmonie, Düsseldorf Tonhalle and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie to sold-out audiences. Their debut album 'Resurrection' will be released on the label Sancho Panza in September 2018.
Eloisa-Fleur completed her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music in June 2012 after studying as an undergraduate and post-graduate student with violinist Maurice Hasson. During her studies at the Academy she was awarded numerous prizes, including the Edwin Samuel Dove Prize and the Mary Burgess Prize, and received support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Help Musicians UK. In 2012/13 Eloisa-Fleur was a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. A highlight of the year was recording the chamber version of Mahler’s 4th symphony under Trevor Pinnock for RAM's first CD released on Linn Records. Eloisa-Fleur was invited back the next year to lead the Royal Academy Soloists ensemble in a recording of Bruckner’s 2nd Symphony arranged for chamber ensemble, also released on Linn Records. In 2012, Eloisa-Fleur performed J.S Bach’s Concerto for two violins with Maxim Vengerov at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was kindly loaned the 1718 ‘Maurin’ Stradivarius violin.
Eloisa-Fleur has appeared as soloist with many UK orchestras. Highlights include Vaughan Williams' 'The Lark Ascending' with the Orchestra of St John's at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum, J.S Bach Concerto in A minor with Southern Pro-Musica, Sibelius' Violin Concerto with West Forest Sinfonia, Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Bristol Concert Orchestra at St. George's Bristol, and Vivaldi's Four Seasons with 12 ensemble at the North Norfolk Music Festival. Eloisa-Fleur has given recitals at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester with pianist Tom Poster, Wilton's Music Hall, London with pianist and composer Kate Whitley, and performed Kodaly's Duo for violin and cello with partner Max Ruisi at the Wigmore Hall and as part of the Leeds International Concert Series. In 2014, Eloisa-Fleur played in the Wind Tunnel at Farnborough Airport with London Contemporary Orchestra soloists alongside Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, performing his chamber works. Eloisa-Fleur has played in many of the London Contemporary Orchestra's concerts and recordings and regularly performs with the LCO soloists. Recent projects have included recording Radiohead's latest album 'A Moon Shaped Pool', Franck Ocean's album 'Blonde', performing Steve Reich's Triple quartet and Michael Gordon's Potassium at Latitude Festival and London's Sonos Studio, Catherine Lamb's String Quartet at the Southbank Centre's Deep Minimalism festival, and Mica Levi's String Quartet 'Brain' at Union Chapel's Organ Reframed festival. Eloisa-Fleur has also worked with The National appearing on BBC's Jools Holland show, and recorded on the soundtrack for award-winning films such as Macbeth (2015) and Jackie (2016). She has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and recently appeared on BBC In Tune with 12 ensemble and BBC Radio 6 with Max Richter.
In 2012 Eloisa-Fleur founded the 12 ensemble, London's un-conducted string orchestra, with cellist Max Ruisi. A bold, versatile and virtuosic ensemble, the group is built around a core of twelve of London’s finest and most exciting chamber musicians. Committed to always performing without a conductor, the 12 ensemble breathes new life into the concept of the chamber orchestra. Winners of the Help Musicians Emerging Excellence Award in 2014, the group were ‘Ensemble in Residence’ at The Forge for 2014/15, collaborating with international artists including tenor Nicky Spence and violist Simon Rowland-Jones. 2016 has seen the ensemble record their debut album, including a new commission from young British composer Kate Whitley, as well as travelling to Iceland for a HEIMA Artistic residency and performing live with Max Richter at the Paris Philharmonie. 2017 engagements include performances at the March Music Days Festival in Bulgaria and appearing in Hall One, King’s Place with award-winning cellist Leonard Elschenbroich.
Rehearsing Bach Double Violin Concerto with Maxim Vengerov. Photo: Hana Zushi-Rhodes, Royal Academy of Music
Photo: Mattias Bjorklund
Performing live at Kammer Klang, Café OTO. Photo by Dimitri Djuric
Rehearsing Kodaly Duo at the Wigmore Hall with cellist Max Ruisi
Recording at the Tvísongur Sound Sculpture, Seydisfjordur, Iceland as part of a 2015/16 HEIMA artistic residency