Thomas Van Mirus is a New York-based pianist, keyboardist and composer (as well as prose writer and podcaster). Though he identifies himself primarily as a jazz pianist, his performing career has embraced numerous styles, including rock, funk, R&B, country, hip-hop and sacred music. His playing has been described as thoughtful, melodic, and spontaneous.
Born in 1990 in Manassas, Virginia, Mirus took piano lessons from an early age, but it was not until age 17 that he took an interest in jazz and began to study music in earnest under the great pianist and composer Mark Christopher Brandt. At 19 he began playing professionally, both at clubs and on “service” gigs (dances, weddings, private parties, corporate functions) throughout the greater Washington, DC area. He quickly became experienced working in jazz combos, big bands, and rock groups, as well as in a solo setting and as a choral accompanist. In 2012 he received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from George Mason University.
In 2013 Mirus moved to New York City, where he continues to perform regularly (as well as taking the occasional cruise ship gig). More recently, he has begun composing original music.