Thomas Viloteau, 1st Prize Winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Competition
Presented by Columbus Guitar Society
Born in Paris in 1985, Thomas Viloteau began his musical education at age twelve in Port St. Louis (France). In 1998, he entered the Escuela de Música Juan Pedro Carrero in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied with Maité Rubio, also participating in numerous masterclasses with Alvaro Pierri. Two years later, he entered the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Barcelona where he studied with Joan Furio.
In 2001, Thomas received a scholarship of the Fondation Zigmund Zaleski to study under the direction of maestro Alberto Ponce at the Ecole Normale in Paris, where he graduated with a Diplôme Supérieur de Concertiste in 2004. Entering the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris that same year, Thomas studied in Roland Dyens' class while also working with Judicaël Perroy. In 2009, he was donated a scholarship by the Milton Salkind Scholarship Fund to study under the guidance of professor Marc Teicholz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he graduated with a Professional Studies Diploma.
Thomas Viloteau has placed first in several competitions, including the Salou guitar competition (Spain), the Segovia international competition in Linares (Spain), the Ville d'Antony international competition in Paris, the Mottola competition held in Italy, and most recently he received first prize in the 2006 Guitar Foundation of America competition.
Thomas Viloteau has performed in Italy, Spain, Sweeden, France, Germany and Taiwan. As the winner of the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, in September of 2007 he embarked on a seven month concert tour in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, playing over fifty concerts and teaching as many masterclasses. In 2009 he was the first guitarist selected by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to play at the Kennedy Center as part of the Conservatory Project.