Artist Spotlight: Thomas Hultén

Thomas Hultén is well-known to Houston audiences as a triple threat.  He is principal trombonist in three of the major arts organizations in the region – the Houston Grand Opera, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the Houston Ballet.  Born in Sweden, and raised in the Salvation Army Band tradition of his hometown of Katrineholm, Thomas moved to Houston in 1997, and has been a fixture in the Bayou City music scene ever since.


As a part of ongoing commissioning projects with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Thomas premiered Dorothy Gate’s “Servant of Peace” trombone concerto with the group in 2017.  Listen to his brilliant solo timbre in the video below:

In addition to his classical chops, Thomas is an active jazz musician, performing regularly with groups like Jazz Forever and the Texas Trombone Tribe, an ensemble for which he is also the primary composer and arranger.  Listen to the Tribe with Carl Lenthe on bass trumpet in the video below!

His 2009 solo debut, Slide Side, was nominated for a whopping 5 Grammys in 2010, and features a selection of jazz standards, along with a number of Hulten’s original compositions, many of which are inspired by the tunes and styles of his Swedish homeland.   Grab a copy here, or listen to an isolated trombone track in the video below.

Lastly, Thomas isn’t just a great musician – he also has a pretty nice sense of humor.  If you haven’t already seen it, check out his video Trumpet Jerks with Carl Lenthe below.

You’ll have TWO opportunities to hear Thomas at the ITF this summer:

Solo Recital: Noon on Thursday in the Concert Hall

Jazz All-Stars: Friday night at 8:30pm in the Concert Hall

See you in Iowa City!