Thomas Bagwell’s “expressive pianistic powers” (The Washington Post) have established him in song recital and chamber music on the international stage. His career has included critically acclaimed performances in New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and other major concert halls across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Japan.
He has collaborated in recital with operatic superstars such as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Marilyn Horne, James Morris, Roberta Peters, and Frederica Von Stade. After making a memorable impression on Marilyn Horne, he was invited to play at her Foundation’s Gala at Carnegie Hall in later seasons.
The curator of numerous Lieder programs at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, and the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC, he has performed the complete songs of Hugo Wolf, Mahler, Schoenberg and Zemlinsky.
He has also been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has collaborated in recitals with violinists Midori, Miranda Cuckson, and Scott St. John, with whom he made a critically acclaimed CD of works by Antonín Dvořák on the Marquis Classics label. Mr. Bagwell is an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, the Washington National Opera, and has been on the music staff of the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, and the Seattle Opera.
His growing career as an operatic conductor includes performances of Die Zauberflöte, La Traviata, Suor Angelica, and Pagliacci. Thomas Bagwell has also performed numerous solo recitals in recent seasons, including many featuring Scandinavian romantic and contemporary music. He has been on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music in New York since 1998.