Thomas Carpenter (cello) joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, where he spent the previous two years. Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, he completed his undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Stephen Geber and completed his master’s degree with Norman Fischer at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.Carpenter has participated in music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, including the New York String Orchestra Seminar, The National Repertory Orchestra, the Britten Pears Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Mr. Carpenter was also a winner of the New World Symphony concerto competition and performed Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo with the orchestra.
He particularly enjoys teaching and in addition to working with his students in South Florida, Thomas was able to travel to Medellin, Colombia as part of a partnership with the New World Symphony and Universidad EAFIT, to teach students from both Colombia and Chile.
Aside from music, Carpenter enjoys playing soccer, swimming, golf, hiking and camping. He also loves cooking and is excited to explore many of the amazing restaurants that Atlanta has to offer.