Born in Osnabrück, Germany, Tom began his composition studies in 1996 at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold with Prof. Martin Christoph Redel, continuing with Prof. Walter Zimmermann at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK). After an exchange year at the Royal College of Music London in 2003, he received his diploma and returned to Berlin where he finished his postgraduate work. He also holds an M.A. in German Literature, Philosophy and Musicology.
Tom is especially interested in the temporal aspect of music (including polyrhythmical/polymetrical music); music theater — or more generally, various forms of musical representation; the relation between music and language; the philosophy of music (especially music and the emotions, music and understanding). His music is deeply rooted in the western European musical tradition, but is greatly influenced by its lesser known aspects (e.g. medieval and renaissance music, rhetorical aspects of baroque music) and various forms of contemporary music.