Thomas Mirus is a New York-based pianist and accompanist. Though he identifies himself primarily as a jazz artist, his performing career has embraced numerous styles, including R&B, rock, funk, hip-hop, and choral accompanying. His playing has been described with equal accuracy as thoughtful, explosive, melodic, tasty, lyrical, and above all, spontaneous.
Born in Manassas, Virginia, Mirus had taken 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 tutelage of local pianist and composer Mark Brandt. At 19, he began playing professionally at clubs, festivals, bars, dances, weddings, private parties and corporate functions throughout the greater Washington, DC area. He quickly became experienced playing in jazz combos, big bands, and rock groups, as well as in a solo setting and as accompanist for local high school choruses.
At the same time, he honed his craft performing with his elders and betters in the local scene. From 2009 to 2012 he attended George Mason University, where he studied with jazz pianist Wade Beach, and was honored as an outstanding graduate of the Jazz Studies program.
In 2013, he relocated to New York City, where he continues to perform publicly at venues including B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, as well as for private events.