Tomas Janzon was born in Stockholm, Sweden. His musical quest started at the age of 7 playing the recorder. At 8 he began studying the cello and by 12 was performing with the chamber orchestra Collegium Musicum. His next pursuit and focus was the guitar.
After studying at Musikhogskolan, The Royal School of Music in Stockholm he embarked on his professional career: touring, performing and recording in Sweden and northern Europe. Tomas also composed and recorded music for TV and films: Vargavår for national TV, the documentary Kvinnor pa kontor, art-film The King of Siam.
Tomas arrived in Los Angeles to study with Joe Diorio at Musicians Institute/GIT, where he was awarded The Outstanding Player of the Year, and taught as an adjunct faculty member from 1995 to 2008. In 2000 he completed a Masters Degree with honors in Classical Guitar at USC Thornton School of Music, studying guitar with Scott Tennant and James Smith, composition with Vince Mendoza and teaching at the Jazz Studies and Studio Guitar Departments. His composition Variations I to IV for marimba, percussion, guitar and double bass was premiered at USC Thornton School of Music 2000.
2001 Tomas spent in Canada teaching as Artist-in-Resident at Selkirk College.
2002 to the present, with Tomas now residing in New York from 2010, has been a continuation of touring and teaching throughout the US, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Austria and Scandinavia. These years have also seen Tomas’ articles published in Guitar Player, Down Beat, Chamber Music, LA Jazz Scene, Orkesterjournalen, Jazz Stage and Fotnoten.