Welcome to the Website of Thomas Clamor!
Born in east Westphalia and now resident in Berlin, Professor Thomas Clamor focuses his work on showing what the Arts, in his case music, can do for society in general. The same applies to the cultural exchanges which have influenced and led to his successful achievements. These goals are evident in the artistic and educational aspects of his numerous activities.
In 2015 he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Cross of Merit). The citation read: “With his artistic excellence he not only provides a formidable cultural contribution, but is also significantly engaged in education on a national and international level”.
He studied at the Academy of Music in Detmold (North-Rhine-Westphalia), and at the age of 22 he became the youngest member to be invited by Herbert von Karajan to join the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He remained part of this world-renowned orchestra for 25 years, working with some of the best conductors and performers, and became a nationally and internationally acclaimed orchestra and chamber musician in his own right.
His teaching activities took him back to the Academy of Music in Detmold, to the Franz-Liszt School of Music in Weimar, the Hanns-Eisler School of Music in Berlin, the Academy of Music in Shanghai and the Herbert-von-Karajan-Foundation of the Berlin Philharmonic. At the Hanns-Eisler School of Music in Berlin he laid the foundations for the Department of Music Mediation and initiated, together with his students, social projects in the inner city of Berlin.
Due to his great interest in socio-cultural projects and promotion of young musicians he became co-founder of the first Latin-American Brass Academy and founder of the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble. He also founded the European Brass Ensemble resident at the Abbey of Melk (UNESCO Cultural Heritage) in Austria.
He has conducted at the most noted musical festivals in Europe, amongst which were the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals, the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall London, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Concert Hall, at the Carnegie Hall New York, and the NCPA Peking. He is a highly appreciated guest conductor of many orchestras around the world, throughout Europe, North and South America, China and Korea.
These achievements, together with his more than 10 years as chief conductor of the Saxony Wind Philharmonic and artistic leader of the German Wind Academy, and his range of styles are well documented in his large number of radio and TV programmes as well as CD and DVD productions.