2023 Round Top Music Festival
The University of Texas at Austin
Thomas Gougeon started the violin at the age of 3 with the Suzuki Program. Through this program, Thomas performed in many local Toronto festivals and trained for multiple Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Exams. After leaving the Suzuki program, Thomas studied with Eri Kosaka from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and played in a small ensemble called the Moordale Orchestra. Thomas then moved to Houston, Texas at the age of 14 where he attended the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. During this time, Thomas studied with Rodica Gonzalez and later with Dr. Kirsten Yon. Thomas made his Region Orchestra all four years of high school and attended TMEA All State his senior year. Thomas has also performed masterclasses for many notable artists such as Kim Chee Yun, Aloysia Friedmann, Li-Mei Liang, and Zach DePue. Thomas now attends the University of Texas at Austin with a Butler Excellence Scholarship and a Taylor Endowed Presidential Scholarship under the direction of Sandy Yamamoto.