Thomas Flippin

Classical Guitarist

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THOMAS FLIPPIN is a versatile guitarist who skillfully blends genres, styles, and instruments to create original and "impressive" art (Downbeat Magazine). Whether he is premiering Juilliard professor Ray Lustig's minimalist masterpiece “Figments” for two classical guitars, or performing R&B and Mozart on the theorbo with Broadway star Alicia Hall Moran’s Motown Project, or plucking the banjo in the historic revival of the 1920’s Harlem opera “Voodoo,” Flippin’s playing has been hailed as "lovely" (NY Times), and "spectacularly precise" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). 

Based in N.Y.C., recent concert highlights include Brooklyn's National Sawdust, Beijing’s Peking University, the Art Institute of Chicago, C-SPAN's Book TV, Charleston's Colour of Music Festival, Wall Street's Federal Hall, and a solo performance honoring the president of Juilliard. With his guitar ensemble Duo Noire, Flippin has been an Artist-in-Residence at both the Avaloch Farm Music Institute and the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society. He has performed in concerts featuring MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran, broadway star Alicia Hall Moran, as well as members of Eighth Blackbird and the Emerson String Quartet.

Flippin's current project is Duo Noire's "Women of Guitar Commissioning Project." Launched with a grant from the Diller-Quaile School of Music, Duo Noire commissioned several highly accomplished Millennial composers to remedy the lack of female representation in classical guitar repertoire. The project's culmination is an album on New Focus Recordings releasing this June 22nd, 2018. It features groundbreaking premiere recordings of works by: GRAMMY-nominee Clarice Assad, Courtney Bryan, ECM Artist Golfam Khayam, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Gity Razaz, and Gabriella Smith.