Classical Piano Instructor
The piano is said to be the easiest instrument to learn in the beginning, but the hardest to master in the end. However, with Thomas, discover how it’s always been the instrument for you! Thomas is open-minded, loves teaching, and is always excited to help you with your musical studies. Who knows, piano might just become your new passion!
Born in Hungary, Thomas Torok comes from talented musicians on his mother’s side of the family. Having been brought up in an environment where the love for art and music was predominant, he naturally was drawn towards music.
At the age of five, he began playing the piano by ear, getting enjoyment through his own improvisation. At the age of six, Thomas began his music studies. Thomas finished his grade ten piano exam at age 15, and he obtained the highest practical exam mark in Ontario and Quebec and received the gold medal from the Royal Conservatory.
In 2013, Thomas started studying at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music. In his first year there made his orchestral debut in Koerner Hall playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20, KV466.
Thomas was the runner-up for the MostArts Piano Competition in 2014, and also the New York International Piano Competition 2016. He was also a prize winner at the Crescendo Music Competition and a silver medalist at the Vienna International Music Competition 2019.
Thomas made his Carnegie Hall Debut in February 2019. Recent engagements have included chamber music performances and recitals at the Royal Conservatory’s Mazzoleni Hall and at the Canadian Opera Company. In 2016, he collaborated with the Toronto Concert Orchestra and Kerry Stratton in performing Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 3, Op.29 and “Africa” Op.89 and in 2017 highlights included Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, KV 271, with the Huronia Symphony Orchestra.
Since the age of 15 , Thomas has been passionate about teaching. He has experience in teaching from over three different music schools over a period of 5 years.
Thomas’ method and approach to teaching the next generation are simple: to instil a lifelong love and appreciation for the music they play. Music is the most divine and widely understood language across the world. Rather than learning the generic way to understand music, Thomas likes to understand what draws people and children to a particular style, genre or song or piece. Whether they are passionate about that gorgeous Beethoven sonata or Bach Prelude, or that easy jazz arrangement of their favourite song, it is this passion and excitement about those types of music that he channels into his own students to further their studies and help them achieve their goals to have a fulfilling musical experience.
Thomas’ students have said that his lessons are always fun and engaging, and talking about music and asking questions always plays a big part in every lesson. One student, in particular, had stopped piano for 2 years before he started with Thomas because his previous teacher was so harsh and discouraged him from music. After a couple of months of lessons with Thomas, his parents said that he practices twice as much as he used to every day and that he has a new self-confidence in his musical abilities. This exactly what Thomas aims to achieve in every student.
Since 2018, Thomas has been studying as a scholarship student at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School under the tutelage of James Anagnoson and Li Wang. After school, he plans on continueing his career as a concert pianist, teacher, and educator.