Tomasz Herbut was born in Lublin, Poland, where he began his first piano lessons when he was six years old. He entered the local Conservatory at an early age, graduating with honors in 1979. His studies then took him to Warsaw’s F. Chopin Music University, where he completed his diploma with distinction as a member of the piano class of Bronisława Kawalla in 1984. Next he improved his musical skills at the Zurich University of the Arts in Homero Francesch’s master class – obtaining the Soloist Diploma in 1987 – and in Irwin Gage’s Song Interpretation class. At the same time he worked with Nikita Magaloff, who played a significant role in his artistic development.
Through intensive scholary work Tomasz Herbut possesses an extraordinary wide spectrum of knowledge of both the Romantic literature for the piano and the lied repertoire. His programmes encompass such forgotten composers as Lekeu, Zarebski, Paderewski, as well as Chausson, Szymanowski, or Bloch, among others. In 1986 he was a prizewinner of the XIX Festival of Young Soloists in Bordeaux, France, and one year later he was honored by the city of Zurich Artist’s Award.
Since 1977 Tomasz Herbut has performed Japan, Korea, South America, and in most European countries, including Switzerland, where he has lived since 1984. He is a regular soloist as well as a chamber music artist at such international festivals as The Flandern Festival, The Menuhin Festival Gstaad, The Vratislavia Cantans Festival, and The Chopin Festival Paris. In addition to his solo performances, he is an acclaimed chamber music player, having performed with the best musicians of the country in the Varsovia String Quartet, the Camerata String Quartet, the Silesian String Quartet, the Sine Nomine Quartet, and alongside such musicians as Patrick Demenga and Paul Meyer, among others. He is also recognized as an authority on Song accompaniment, partnering such great Polish and foreign singers as Jadwiga Rappé, Urszula Kryger, Josepg Calleja, and Rudolf Rosen. He has made numerous recordings for both television and radio in many European countries. He is a prizewinner of the Polish Music Prize “Grand Prix du Disque FRYDERYK.” In his adopted homeland he performs on the such stages as Victoria Hall Geneva, Tonhalle Zurich, and Casino Berne, among others.
Since 1990 Herbut has also dedicated himself to teaching, leading the piano class at the Berne University of the Arts in Switzerland. Many of his students are prizewinners of national and international competitions (Honens/Calgary; Toronto; Minneapolis/St.Paul; Bach/Würzburg; 20th Century/Orleans; among others). He gives Master Classes all over Europe as well as in both Americas and Asia. He is often requested to serve on the Jury of international competitions. He is also President and artistic Director of Berne Chopin Society.