Thomas R. Moore

Trombonist, Conductor, Researcher

Thomas Moore: Conductor, Trombonist, and Artistic Researcher

Het klankspel was een feest om mee te maken.” - Janssens, Tom, “Weerbare blues,” in de Standaard

“Moore, moving briskly around the space like a man on a particularly important mission (surely the only way toplay Stockhausen) was assimilated entirely within Oktophonie‘s all encompassing sonic reach.

It was like hearing Oktophonie again for the first time, heartstoppingly wonderful.”

- Gummings, Simon, “HCMF 2018: Divertimento Ensemble, Stockhausen: Oktophonie,” in

Thomas Moore's musical journey began as a trombonist, mastering the instrument and laying the foundation for his diverse career. However, his artistic curiosity led him to explore unconventional avenues. Today, he fearlessly embraces a range of instruments, including the tuba, IKEA baskets, light switches, and game controllers, expanding the boundaries of musical expression. On occasion, he even assumes the role of conductor, adding a captivating visual dimension to his performances. 

Born in Easton, Pennsylvania (USA), Thomas happily now calls Antwerp (Belgium) home. Moore relocated to Europe in 2002 after graduating from Indiana University. He attended the Utrecht School of the Arts in the Netherlands continuing his professional studies, gaining his second Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance, before gaining his Master’s qualification in trombone performance and chamber music from the Koninklijk Vlaams Conservatorium in Antwerp, Belgium.

Thomas now devotes his time to conducting and playing trombone in diverse countries and a variety of genres. He is a conductor and trombonist with Nadar Ensemble and a regular guest with Spectra Ensemble. As a soloist, he has premiered works with ChampdAction and Ictus Ensemble, at the World Music Days, Time of Music, Arte No Tempo, the Darmstadt New Music Summer Course, Porto Franko Festival, //hcmf, 'ZXZW Festival' and 'Images Sonores' Festival. Moore was a member of the orchestra at Theater Des Westens, in Berlin, and has also regularly conducted the Orchestra of the Royal Dutch Air Force, was the assistant Musical Director at Les Miserables and was Musical Director at the hit Dutch musical, Soldaat van Oranje.

In 2022, Moore defended his PhD in the Arts at the University of Antwerp and the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and now works as the head of brass and a lecturer of artistic researcher at the Royal Conservatoire. He also chairs the research group Performance Practice in Perspective.