Thomas-Michael Auner is an austrian cellist. Born 1990 in Stockerau close to Vienna, his musical talent revealed at a very young age and he began learning piano with his mother Irina, who is from Russia and studied piano in St. Petersburg, and cello with his father Diethard, who is an acclaimed austrian cellist and a cello teacher in Vienna. With 5 years he performed in public for the first time and participated at the International Youth Competition in Liezen, Austria, where he received a special prize as the youngest participant.
Being successful already at a young age, Thomas-Michael won numerous prizes at austrian youth competitions and began his studies at the University of Music and Arts in Vienna in 2006. Thomas-Michael Auner is winner and finalist in numerous international Cello competitions, such as the Liezen Cello competition 2006, Mendelsohn-Bartholdy Competition Berlin 2013, the Richard-Strauss-Competition 2012, the International Cello Competition Antonio Janigro in Porec, Croatia, the Gradus ad Parnassum competition in Austria and was a semifinalist in the Queen Elisabeth competition others. In April 2010 he went to study with Gustav Rivinius at the HfM Saarbrücken in Germany where he graduated in 2015. Thomas-Michael is currently one of the last students in the class of Natalia Gutman at the Vienna Conservatory (MUK).
2016 he was awarded the prize of the Mozartgemeinde Vienna and in March 2017 he made his debut concert together with his pianist Maximilian Flieder among other recitals in the Wiener Musikverein, establishing himself an artistic career.
Masterclasses led him to artists like Heinrich Schiff, David Geringas, Giovanni Sollima, Enrico Dindo, Claudio Bohorquez, Wen-Sinn Yang, Csaba Onzay, Rudolf Leopold, Alban Gerhardt, Reinhard Latzko, Trols Svane, Natalia Gutman, Catalin Ilea and others.
He took part in numerous festivals, such as the Rome Chambermusic Festival, the Podium Festival Esslingen and the ISA Summer festival. Thomas appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras such as the Orchestre Royal du Chambre de Wallonie, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, the Sinfonietta Baden, the RTSH Orchestra Tirana or the Ensemble Neue Streicher Vienna.
In 2015 his first CD “Invitation to Dance”, a collection of western dance music from Bach to Piazzolla has appeared in collaboration with the austrian label “Gramola” and received high acclaim by the critics.
Since spring 2017 he is teaching at his own class in the Prayner Conservatory of Music in Vienna and since September 2018 he has a halftime contract in the Orchestra of the Vienna state Opera/Vienna Philharmonic.
Thomas-Michael plays an instrument by an unknown maker, presumably from north Italy, the scroll being from Prague, built in the early 18th Century.