Istvan Horvath-Thomas was born in Pés, Hungary, studied piano and organ there, and later composition in Budapest. He has been living and working as a freelance pianist and composer in Germany since 1980. He performs concerts nationally and internationally and is involved in radio and CD recordings. His compositions range from piano works in particular to pieces for varying chamber music instrumentations, brass ensembles and orchestra. He received a prize from the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg for his piece "Sinfonietta".