German-born guitarist Ines Thomé is a multifaceted musician. She has earned “Diplom” and master’s degrees from Stuttgart State University of Performing Arts, Germany, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Ines is a passionate chamber musician who performs diverse repertories with a variety of instrumental ensembles. Her ensembles Yu&I Duo with violinist YuEun Kim, and Gifts From Over Sea with soprano Katina Mitchell, have toured extensively in California. Gifts From Over Sea recently toured Italy and Germany where they performed in medieval castles and churches, which included a collaboration with UNESCO and Museo Civico Castelbuono. On multiple occasions she was invited to join the Colburn Orchestra, performing under the batons of John Adams and Matthias Pintscher, and the USC Symphony Orchestra with performances in Walt Disney Concert Hall, conducted by Carl St. Clair. Even as a young student Ines won first prizes as a solo and chamber musician in national competitions - later in her career she received awards from numerous international competitions in Germany, Italy, and the United States, including First Prizes at the Beverley Hills National Auditions, the International Guitar Competition in Walnut Creek, California and the American Guitar Society’s Bickford Competition in 2015.
Ines’ academic interests include historical performance practice; in addition to classical guitar Ines enjoys playing lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar. In 2017 she performed original continuo realization in Handel’s Alcina for the USC Opera, and has performed on period instruments with the American Contemporary Ballet company in Los Angeles and at the Berkley Early Music Festival. Her passion for early music was honored with a special prize for the best interpretation of a work by Johann Sebastian Bach at the International Guitar Competition in Erwitte, Germany.
This year’s projects include concerts with violinist YuEun Kim throughout the U.S., international engagements with German violinist Puschan Mousavi Malvani, a CD of the yet unrecorded (and notoriously difficult) chamber works for guitar by Ian Krouse, and didactic recordings for the online platform EliteGuitarist.com. Ines currently lives in Columbus, GA with her husband Michael and baby son Vincent.