Kornel Thomas

Music Director, Conductor


The Hungarian-American conductor Kornel Thomas is currently conductor and teaching artist at El Sistema Colorado, and is the conductor of the contemporary music group Nebula Ensemble. He was previously associate conductor of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, associate conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the St. Stephen King Youth Orchestra. In fall 2013, he was acting music director of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra where he conducted multiple sold-out performances of the musical Oklahoma. He has attended the Cabrillo Festival Conductor Training Workshop, the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, the London Conducting Workshop and the Conductors Institute in South Carolina. He was a semi-finalist at the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa Young Conductors Competition in 2013. In 2012, he debuted at the Vienna Musikverein with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna. In 2006, he won 2nd prize at the Béla Bartok Hungarian National Competition in Composition. He holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and an artist diploma in orchestral conducting from the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. His mentors include Mark Stringer, Yuji Yuasa, Ervin Ortner, Konrad Leitner, Lawrence Golan, Betrand de Billy, Alexander Polishchuk, Niclolas Pasquet, Daniel Harding and Maron Alsop.



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