Thomas Eisner (15 March)
Thomas Eisner spent five years in Denmark as a member of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra before returning to England and joining the First Violin section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1986. He has performed as a soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante (with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra), and played with the Razumovsky Ensemble. His recording of Sorrow with fellow violinist Philippe Graffin on an Onyx disc of Hungarian Dances was nominated as a Recording of the Week in The Independent. In 2013 he was invited to play with the Bavarian State Opera, where he performed nine of Richard Wagner's operas. Marvellous and incredible as this was, so far his all-time musical high was in 1996, playing Don Giovanni with Sir Georg Solti and the LPO.
In recent years Thomas has taken a lead in getting more people from different cultural backgrounds to attend LPO concerts; alongside this he has demonstrated a keen interest in fundraising, and has enjoyed transforming interested enthusiasts into patrons. Languages and travel are his passions, and Thomas enjoys touring with the Orchestra. In 2008 he visited Palestine, where he played in schools and refugee camps. He was recently elected a member of the Athenaeum Club.
Thomas has always found it intriguing that his great-grandfather played cards with Richard Strauss – 'If only I could have been there!'
Tonight he shares the platform with his wife, the author and music critic Jessica Duchen. Their benevolent interlocutor is PM committee member Andrew Neill.