The German pianist, Thomas Duis, received his first piano lessons at the age of 5 in Cologne, then studied with Kurt Gerecke in Wiesbaden, Fanny Watermann in Leeds (UK) and from 1978 to his examen in 1982 with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hannover. During this time he received a German Government scholarship (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes). He was the winner of the renowned 5th Artur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, two years later prize-holder of the International Competition of the ARD in Munich. Earlier he won numerous international competitions in Europe (Cologne, Vercelli, Athen, Leeds), the USA (Gina Bachauer Competiton in Utah) and Australia (Sydney).
Since 1979 Thomas Duis has performed regularly in Germany as well as all over Europe and the USA. In 1986 he toured for the first time in Eastern Asia and gave his debut in Tokyo. He has been engaged at festivals such as the Harrogate Festival in the UK and the Schleswig-Holstein-Musik-Festival and he performed with renowned orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester and Northern Germany Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Thomas Duis has made Radio and TV recordings in Germany and elsewhere. In 1986 he made his first record with EMI/Electrola (Prokofieff), followed by CD's for Klavins (J.S. Bach, Bach-Busoni, L.v. Beethoven and Franz Liszt). Within the last years he has recorded two CDs with the trumpet play Reinhold Friedrich for the label Capriccio. For the same label he recorded F. Liszt's piano transcription of Schubert's Winterreise. The next CD will be released soon at the french label assai - George Enescu's violin sonatas performed with the German-French violinist Albrecht Laurent