German-born guitarist Ines Thomé is a multifaceted musician who performs internationally as a solo and chamber musician. A multi-instrumentalist in many different styles, Ines plays electric guitar, lute, theorbo, baroque guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Highlights of the 2015/16 season showcase Ines' diverse musical interests: Her most recent solo program features music by exiled composers who came to Southern California during World War II to escape the Nazi regime. She performed the program both in Germany and in the US. Ines maintains numerous chamber projects and is currently playing with violinist YuEun Kim as a winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions. She is the electric guitarist and arranger of the newly founded Sunset Club Trio which explores new sound dimensions for violin, flamenco guitar and electric guitar. The trio won the Beverly Hills National auditions in 2016 and will perform in concert series around Los Angeles in early 2017. Ines' duo „Gifts from over Sea“ with soprano Katina Mitchell won the Ensemble Outreach competition at USC and played more than 30 concerts over the past months, including a tour to Italy and Germany in summer 2015. She was invited to join the Colburn Orchestra in Zipper Hall, conducted by John Adams and the USC Symphony Orchestra in Walt Disney Concert Hall, conducted by Carl St. Clair.
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, Italy, and the USA, including First Prizes at the International Guitar Competition in Walnut Creek, and the Guitar competition of the American Guitar Society in 2015. 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.
She studied classical guitar in Frankfurt and Stuttgart and completed her Master's degree (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 and is continuing as a doctoral student and teaching assistant in the studio of Prof. William Kanengiser (LAGQ) since August 2014. Ines Thomé is supported by grants from the „Kogel & Schmidt foundation“, the „Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now“ foundation in Frankfurt, the Gluckfellows program at USC and from the „Society of Friends“ of the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Art.