Thomas Schauffert began playing the trumpet as a young child at the age of 8. At the same time he was also learning the flute. Yet it wasn’t until he had to stop his career as a tennis player, due to an injury of his wrist, that he was drawn intensely to his other big love “CM”: Creating Music. At around 16 he learned to play the harmonica and at around 19 he started the study of Hammond-Organ. At the start of his 20´s, while completing his Swiss military service, he began to write lyrics and compose music.
After that he learned to play the keyboards and piano, drumming, percussion, singing and most other instruments that came into his hands. Thomas Schauffert did play many big stages, such as at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Klewenalp Openair, Albis Güetli Country Fesitval and TV-shows. As a composer and producer Thomas S. has worked together with well known professionals from the music business such as Guy Fletcher, Shele Sondheim, Cornelius Kreusch, Finn Martin, Patrick Yatatchi, Sandra Wild, Nu Pachino, Fiat Frost, Elena House.
With “Thomas S. World Music Orchestra” Thomas S. is playing worldwide shows with his carefully selected hi class orchestra members and guest stars.
Thomas S. has produced 5 world music albums under the former Name of “Thomas Heinz“. In 2012 he started to produce his music and albums under the name of „Thomas Schauffert World Music“. His latest releases are: „Para Enusia“, „Sounds of nature“ and „11:11 in 432 Hz“
Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with Thomas Schauffert
NY Elite: Tell us a little about yourself as an artist.
Thomas Schauffert: I was born in Switzerland and started very early to play instruments. To me as an artist it is very important to be free and also leave my audience totally free. The creations I do are absolutely unconditional, meaning I never ever try to create music or art with the intention to make it famous or a hit. All my creations come directly and without any manipulation, from my heart.
NY Elite: How did you get started and how would you describe your music?
Thomas Schauffert: The most important experience was when I was 20 years old and going to the military service in Switzerland. I was lucky enough to become a band member of the company band and that there was a great jazz musician also in this band from who I could learn and develop a lot about my music. After that experience music never ever left me again over the last 30 years and it become my destiny.
NY Elite: What does art mean to you?
Thomas Schauffert: Art means freedom to me. Freedom of expression and creation.
NY Elite: What projects are you currently working on?
Thomas Schauffert: Currently I am working on a music video production in Kamerun with my musician friend Paco Mbassi. I am also working on my first, piano only, solo album.
NY Elite: Where was your last performance?
Thomas Schauffert: My last performance was in Bangkok. It was a solo piano concert supporting my foundation „Global Humanistic Benefits Foundation“. The concert before was in Liechtenstein for the national country museum of Liechtenstein at a exhibition opening for United Design Association and before I did play at the festival of Multi Culture in Switzerland.
NY Elite: Where would you most like to perform and tell us about some of your favorite projects you have been part of.
Thomas Schauffert: I would love to perform all around the world again and again for all the lovely humans on our earth.
NY Elite: If you could try a new genre of music, what would it be?
Thomas Schauffert: Divine music.
NY Elite: Do you enjoy writing music and/or lyrics?
Thomas Schauffert: I enjoy mostly to write music. If I write lyrics then I love to reduce the words us much as possible and focus on unconditional communication.
NY Elite: Do You Have a Formal Music Education / Training?
Thomas Schauffert: I don’t have any official paper of a music school, but I studied for many many years and am still studying the power of sound and music.
NY Elite: Who Are Your Musical Influences?
Thomas Schauffert: I did listen a lot of Michael Jackson, Genesis but also the great swiss world musician Andreas Vollenweider. Also classical music i do listen a lot and I love funk but also south american music and many more.
NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
Thomas Schauffert: Don’t wait, just go for it. Overcome all doubt and fear, don’t listen to much to your closest environment.
NY Elite: What can we expect from you in 2018? Any tour plans?
Thomas Schauffert: In 2018 I will release my solo piano album and will play in Croatia hopefully.