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Thomas Enhco

Thomas Enhco, born in Paris, France, on September 29th 1988, starts playing the violin at 3 and the piano at 6, and studies classical music and jazz in both instruments. He starts composing at 6, and gives his first concerts with a band made up of children. At the age of 9 he is invited by Didier Lockwood to play with him in the Antibes Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival. At 10 years old he plays small roles in films. At 12, Thomas enters the Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood, in both piano and violin classes. He studies classical piano with Gisèle Magnan, and enters the Paris CNSMDP in Jazz and Improvised Music at 16.

Aged fourteen, he forms his own group, "Thomas Enhco & Co", then he composes and records his first album, "Esquisse" (sponsored by drummer Peter Erskine), which is released in 2006 (Ames/Harmonia Mundi). That same year, he is chosen as a Talent of the Fonds d’Action SACEM.

Since then, he has been playing in numerous concerts in France and Internationally (China, Japan, Cambodia, Philippines, USA, Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Burkina-Faso…), on both piano and violin. He is regularly the guest of French radio and TV channels. He has played with some of the greatest musicians (Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Billy Cobham, Martin Taylor, André Ceccarelli, Toots Thielemans, Biréli Lagrène, Étienne Mbappé, Sylvain Luc, Johnny Griffin, Hein Van de Geyn, or even Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Repin, Jane Birkin...). In 2008-2009, he creates the musical show "Le Jazz et la Diva Opus II" at the Gaîté-Montparnasse Theater in Paris, directed by Alain Sachs. He also joins the new group "Didier Lockwood and The Jazz Angels". In 2010, he composes the music score for the film "Aux Arts Citoyens !".

In 2008, during a Japan tour, he is spotted by Itoh "88" Yasohachi, one of the most important Japanese jazz producers, who decides to produce Thomas’ second album as a leader : "Someday My Prince Will Come", released in July 2009 in Japan (Blue in Green/Universal) and in March 2010 in France (Ames/Harmonia Mundi).

With his trio of young musicians (Nicolas Charlier on drums and Chris Jennings on bass), Thomas Enhco explores and mixes elements, part of his musical culture (jazz, classical music, pop/rock), with intelligence and fantastic energy.

He also forms an explosive duo (piano and marimba) with the young classical percussionist Vassilena Serafimova.

In October 2010, Thomas Enhco wins the 3rd Prize at the "Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition". In November 2010, he wins the "New Talent" award at the "Django d’Or Awards".