Thomas März, born in Augsburg, began playing the drums at the age of 4. At the age of 12 he was already able to work with Prof. Karl Peinkofer and was influenced early by his sound. From 1993 he studied in Munich with Prof. Peter Sadlo. In the same year he won the scholarship of the Munich Orchestra Academy and started playing at the Bavarian State Opera. In 1998 Thomas März became the first percussionist to be permanently engaged at the Bavarian State Opera. He works closely with Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Kyrill Petrenko and numerous other international conductors and soloists. In 2008 he founded “OPERcussion-the percussionists of the Bavarian State Opera” with his orchestra colleagues. With this ensemble he can be heard regularly in the chamber music series of the Bavarian State Orchestra. In 2015, Kyrill Petrenko appointed him Bavarian Chamber Musician. This title is a special honor bestowed by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture and is only awarded to outstanding artistic personalities.
Thomas März is a regular guest in Germany’s traditional orchestras and has toured all the world’s major concert halls. With his orchestral playing he develops old playing traditions and thus renews the sound culture of percussion in the orchestra. He regularly gives master classes in Europe and Asia.
Photo: Oliver Mills