Thomas Enhco

Blow Jazz trio sax drums

Thomas Enhco, born in Paris, France in 1988, is a French pianist. He starts playing the violin at the age of 3 and the piano at the age of 6, studying both jazz and classical music.

At the age of 9 he is invited by Didier Lockwood to play at Jazz à Juan festival. 12 years old, he quits school to study classical piano with Gisèle Magnan and enters Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) in 2005 (Jazz and Improvisation classes), from where he is excluded two years later.

His first album ‘Esquisse’ (featuring legendary drummer Peter Erskine) comes out in 2006. The same year, Thomas is supported by Fonds d’Action SACEM.

In 2008 he is spotted by one of the most important jazz producers in Japan, the late Itoh “88” Yasohachi, who produces his 2nd record ‘Someday My Prince Will Come’.

In 2010, Thomas wins two major French awards: Django d’Or  “New Talent” and 3rd Grand Prize at Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition.

In 2011, he composes the original score for the movie Les Cinq Parties du Monde, for which he receives the prestigious 2012 FIPA d’Or for Best Original Soundtrack. In 2012 he records in New York with jazz giants Jack DeJohnette on drums and John Patitucci on bass. The same year, Thomas Enhco Trio's record ‘Fireflies’ is released on Label Bleu. It's a success among both the press and the audience and it wins the award «Révélation» at the Victoires du Jazz 2013 (French Grammy).

Since then Thomas has been supported by BNP Paribas Foundation and he has been performing an average of 130 concerts per year - solo, duo and trio - in France, the USA, Canada, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Russia, China, Turkey, Bulgaria, Italy, Finland, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Belgium, the Netherlands.

In 2014, he signs with Universal Music for both his jazz and classical projects. His first solo piano album ‘Feathers’ is released in 2015 on Verve Records, and nominated for "Best Album" at Victoires du Jazz 2015. He is then invited on numerous national TV and radio shows, and he packs the famous Théâtre du Châtelet for his album release concert.

In 2016, his duo album ‘Funambules’ with Bulgarian classical percussionist Vassilena Serafimova, on the legendary classical label Deutsche Grammophon. Thomas plays in 17 countries and composes his first Concerto for piano and orchestra (commission from Orchestre de Pau).

In 2017, he will make his debut with symphony orchestra, with Opéra National de Lorraine, Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn and Orchestre Régional d'Avignon Provence, in 5 different pieces: Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, Concerto K.491 (no. 24) by W. A. Mozart, Eros Piano by John Adams, and his own first Piano Concerto. He will also compose for Spirito choir and will play for the first time with Radio France choir.