Tom Arthurs


Tom Arthurs Leiter Studienbereich Jazz

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    Bern Academy of the Arts
    Eigerplatz 5a
    3007 Bern


  • Künstlerischer Leiter, Studienbereich Jazz


  • BA Music Jazz, MA Music Performance Jazz

  • Music and Society (BA1), Master Orientation Performance (BA3), Decoding Practice - Music, Sound, Theory (BA3), Discussions Forum (MA Performance), Bandcoaching and Ensembles


  • Performance Practice, Improvisation, Music Psychology, Music Sociology, Identity, Authenticity


  • Dr. Tom Arthurs is a trumpeter and composer with an international reputation who has been leading the HKB Jazz and Contemporary Music department since 2018. His PhD thesis "Secret Gardeners: an ethnography of Improvised Music in Berlin (2012-13)" was an in-depth study of cutting edge music-making in Berlin, and as a performer he has recorded for Clean Feed, ECM, Ozella, Act, Intakt, Jazzwerkstatt, Babel and Not Applicable.

    He has performed in festivals including Berlin, North Sea, Cheltenham, Moers, Victoriaville, Jonquieres, Bath, Jazzdor, London, Jazz Jantar, Jazztopad and Jerusalem, and has been broadcast by the BBC, Radio France, SWR, WDR, RBB, ARD, P2 (Denmark) and Ö1 (Austria).

    Tom has been described as “a world-class improviser” by UK’s Jazzwise, “une révélation” by France’s Citizenjazz, and “der Glasbläser” (the glass-blower) by Germany’s SWR2. He has has given lessons, lectures and workshops at Jazz Institut Berlin, University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, Hochschulübergreifende Zentrum Tanz Berlin (HZT/UdK), Universität Potsdam and International Jazz Platform (Lodz).
  • 2011-2015 PhD University of Edinburgh
  • 1998-2001 BMus City University, London
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