Kornel Laszlo Thomas is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the contemporary group, Nebula Ensemble. His goals with the ensemble are to continue to grow the appreciation of contemporary music in Colorado, deliver unique artistic experiences to listeners and performers, and provide an outlet for young composers.
Previously, he held assistant positions at the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Lamont Symphony Orchestra, and St. Stephen King Youth Orchestra. He assisted three opera productions and was music director of a fourth production with the Lamont Opera Theater. In 2013, he was interim music director of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016, Kornel won third prize at the Atlantic Coast International Conducting Competition in Portugal. He won the second prize at the Béla Bartok Hungarian National Competition in Composition in 2006.
He has worked with numerous professional orchestras including the Dohnanyi Orchestra Budafok, Danubia Orchestra Obuda, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RSO Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Argovia Philharmonic, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
Kornel's time with El Sistema Colorado validated his eagerness to help students experience the transformative power of music. During the four years he worked as Conductor and Teaching Artist, the youth program grew from thirty students to over seven hundred students, all of whom came from low income families.
Kornel holds a Master’s in orchestral conducting from the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He also studied composition at the St. Stephen King Conservatory Budapest. He has attended the Peter Eotvos Foundation’s Masterclass for Conductors, Dohnanyi Academy, Orkney Conductors’ Course, and Pierre Monteux School for Conductors. His mentors include László Draskóczy, Mark Stringer, Yuji Yuasa, Ervin Ortner, Konrad Leitner, Lawrence Golan, Daniel Harding, Sian Edwards, Douglas Bostock, Gabor Hollerung, and Peter Eotvos.