Thomas Höhl (*1987 in Fulda, GER) has studied film scoring (Master of Music) in the class of contemporary composer Cornelius Schwehr at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. Prior to that, he studied Music and French (teacher-training course) at the University of Kassel and took lessons with the arranger and composer Wieland Reißmann (Cologne). Since 2009, he is regularly collaborating with the animation class of the Kunsthochschule Kassel. The results of this collaboration have been shown at many international festivals (i.e. 2015 screening of the animated short film “The Old Man and the Bird” at the Berlinale). In 2011, Thomas was awarded the art prize of the town of Kassel “Kunstpreis Kassel” sponsored by the Wolfgang Zippel Foundation. Additionally, since 2011 he is working as a freelance composer for the Periscope Studio in Hamburg, which is known for producing music for many famous German Video Games. For that studio, Thomas worked as a composer on indie games programmed by the Hamburg based developer “Daedalic” which have been highly acclaimed by the press (i.e. Harvey’s New Eyes).
As a pianist and keyboardist, Thomas is a member of several pop/soul/jazz combos. In addition to his work for animated shorts, video games and as a live musician, Thomas composes music for the concert hall with a musical language that links elements of minimal music with contemporary film music.
In 2016 Thomas arranged the orchestral score for the concert “Michael Jackson – The Symphony Experience” which was premiered in July 2016 in the Mercedes-Benz-Arena in Berlin. In 2017, Thomas wrote new arrangements for the second round of the Michael Jackson Orchestra project and played keyboards during the tour.
Since October 2016, Thomas is giving pop piano lessons at the University of Kassel.