Thomas Hecht was the founding Head of Keyboard Studies at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore). Over the span of three decades he has appeared on five continents as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and as a member of the internationally acclaimed duo-piano team of Hecht & Shapiro, winners of the Munich International Two Piano Competition and USA National Duo Piano Competition. He was also Head of Piano Studies and Artist-In-Residence at Victoria University in New Zealand and prior to that served as Professor of Piano and Artist-In-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Dr. Hecht enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading teachers of his generation, having produced a multitude of first prizewinners in both solo and two piano competitions throughout the United States, Europe, and Australasia. He has given masterclasses at renowned institutions such as the Royal Academy, Royal Northern, and Royal Welsh Colleges of Music, as well as at the Paris, Eastman, Oberlin, Peabody, Sydney, Beijing and Sichuan Conservatories. Guest residencies have included the Conservatoire de Paris, Sibelius Academy, and the Guildhall College of Music and Drama. Two of his Singaporean protégés were named Young Steinway Artists.
He receives regular invitations to summer piano festivals, including performances in Disentis, Beijing, Sydney, Wellington, Lausanne, Chethams, Taichung, and Bavaria and continues to be in demand for workshops and pedagogy conferences throughout the world. Thomas Hecht is a Steinway Artist and has recorded for the for the Delos, Azica, Elysium, Atoll, and Master Performers labels and also for the Steinway Spirio piano.