Thomas Blunt studied at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music in London, and was the first ever British participant of the prestigious Allianz International Conductors' Academy where he worked with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras.
He began his career as Chorus Master at Glyndebourne, making his conducting debut with the company a year later, with performances of L’elisir d’amore on the Tour, resulting in re-invitations to conduct Falstaff and La Cenerentola. During this time he also assisted conductors including Music Director Vladimir Jurowski.
Jurowski subsequently invited him to be his Assistant Conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has since conducted several performances: venues include the Royal Festival Hall (including three UK premières and a Radio 3 broadcast), Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Sala São Paulo where the LPO were joined by the Coro da Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo for Bruckner’s Mass in E minor, resulting in a re-invitation to conduct Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
Other highlights include appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera (Jephtha), English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Opéra National du Rhîn (La Cenerentola), Buxton Festival/Bampton Classical Opera/St John's Smith Square (Cimarosa's Italian Girl in London, Gluck’s Il Parnaso confuso and Bertoni’s Orfeo), St Endellion Festival (Bach’s St Matthew Passion), Opéra de Baugé (I Pagliacci), the World Première of Dave Maric’s Ghosts for the Royal Opera House at the Linbury Theatre, and acclaimed productions of The Rape of Lucretia and The Turn of the Screw which he co-produced for the Arcola Theatre, London.
He has also worked for Opera North, La Monnaie, and the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, and has assisted distinguished conductors including Iván Fischer with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and Bernard Haitink with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In 2014 he conducted a performance of Ariadne auf Naxos for Konzert Theater Bern, where he was subsequently appointed First Kapellmesiter for the following season. During his tenure he conducted a highly successful new production of Die Zauberflöte, performances of La Cenerentola, and performances of Zauberflöte with the Orchester Musikollegium Winterthur. He was invited to return to Bern as a guest in 2016 to conduct performaces of Lohengrin.
Other recent highlights include a debut with Longborough Festival Opera conducting a new production of Don Pasquale, a re-invitation to conduct the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur, work at Welsh National Opera, Opéra de Lyon, performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Glyndebourne on Tour, a performance of Elijah at the Cadogan Hall and concerts
with the Coro and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo.
Future plans include La Traviata for Longborough Festival Opera, Madam Butterfly for Iford Arts, and a debut with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.