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Tom Suárez at his studio in the National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem
Thomas Suárez

Over the course of four decades, Thomas Suárez held principal positions with the ballet orchestra at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, served as associate concertmaster and principle second violin in the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy, and performed throughout Japan, Southeast Asia, Hawaii, Micronesia, Morocco, and Palestine. He is a former member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and several of New York’s chamber ensembles.

Suárez is a former artist-in-residence at Sarah Lawrence College, and is a former faculty member of Palestine’s Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Jerusalem. While still a student at the Juilliard School, he was one of two musician subjects in a 1972 film from Luciano Berio’s series, C’è Musica e Musica. Most recently, in 2018 he served as guest leader for the London’s Royal Orchestral Society, played with the London Philharmonic in a fund-raising concert, and was principal in the Ramallah Orchestra in Palestine.

At the Juilliard School of Music, Suárez studied with Ivan Galamian and Louise Behrend. He also worked extensively with Felix Galimir, Josef Gingold, and three members of the Budapest String Quartet. He studied music theory at Juilliard with the American composer Hugh Aitken.