About Tomasz Arnold

Tomasz Arnold is a percussionist and composer from Krakow, Poland. He is an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer with areas of focus that include: solo marimba, mallet percussion chamber performance, timpani in orchestral setting as well as performing contemporary and historical music on marimba. Tomasz performed concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in USA, Poland, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Lithuania, China and Mexico. He is a founding member of the ensemble Arnold & Fraczek Percussion Duo and a percussion section leader and timpanist of the Cracow Philharmonic.

Tomasz lived, worked, and studied in the USA in the years between 2009 and 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion and composition (double major) from the Eastman School of Music and Master of Music degree in classical percussion from the Manhattan School of Music. Tomasz also holds a Master of Arts degree in composition from Wesleyan University, a PhD degree in composition from the University at Buffalo, and is currently pursuing his second doctorate in percussion performance at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow.

Tomasz Arnold is a winner of various international percussion competitions, which include the first prize at the 50th Anniversary International Solo Percussion Competition organized by PAS during PASIC at Indianapolis in November 2011. He also received many grants and scholarships.

Tomasz is also an active composer and his music was performed and recorded by ensembles such as: Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Mivos Quartet, Eastman Percussion Ensemble, Mantra Percussion and many others. His music appeared in many renowned concert halls around the globe including the famous Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona where his piece SHIFT – Fajrant! for solo percussion was premiered in 2016. His piece Non-Aggressive Music Deterrent was awarded the 2019 Morton Gould Young Composer Award.


Photo Credit: Jan Fraczek