Principal Cor Anglais
Rixon Thomas is today one of Australia’s leading musicians. At the age of 21 he won tenure positions in the Sydney Symphony and followed with positions in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, The Copenhagen Philharmonic, The Royal Danish Orchestra (the world’s oldest orchestra), and now the Opera Australia Orchestra.
Born in 1973, he is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying oboe with Linda Walsh and Diana Doherty. He completed his final year Bachelor of Music (Honours) Degree in 1997 whilst holding the full time positions of Guest Principal Cor Anglais and then 2nd Oboe in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Rixon attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High school and studied in Berlin, Paris, Munich, London and Copenhagen with oboists Heinz Holliger and Albrecht Meyer (Berlin Philharmonic).
As a finalist in the “Australian Young Performers Competition” Rixon has performed the Zimmermann Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony, and in 2001 the Strauss Oboe Concerto with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Before graduating from the Conservatorium Rixon began teaching, later becoming the principal oboe teacher at the same institution. To this day Rixon enjoys teaching many talented students both privately and in Master classes around the world.
In November 1999 Rixon won the Arts category for the Young Australian of the Year Awards as well as the overall “Year 2000 Young Achiever of the Year” for NSW. Through the “Young Australian of the Year Awards”, Rixon was chosen as an Australia Day Ambassador, being invited to speak in communities throughout NSW.
In February 2003 Rixon auditioned for the Solo Cor Anglais position in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and in June the same year was offered a tenure position.
In 2005 Rixon broadened his horizons still further by moving to Europe. Following his heart as well as the draw of the world’s centre for classical music, Rixon is now based in Copenhagen, whilst maintaining strong ties to Australia and the Sydney Symphony.
A week after moving to Denmark, Rixon won the audition for the position of Solo Cor Anglais in the Copenhagen Philharmonic. The Royal Danish Orchestra is the world’s oldest, established for the Danish Royal Court in 1448.
In 2011 Rixon was chosen to play in the Australian World Orchestra. This orchestra, formed of Australia’s top musicians from around the world has since its formation been conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta and Richardo Muti.
In 2018 the main oboe manufacturing company in Germany - GBDR Mönnig - invited Rixon to become an “Artist”. Being sponsored by the company, Rixon is invited to test new instruments and models, as well as give master classes and performances.
In 2019 Rixon returns home again after winning the audition for solo Cor Anglais in the Opera Australia Orchestra. He now lives happily with his family in Sydney.