Born in 1968, Tom started classical music training at 13 and progressed through the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin where he took lessons. He then attended UCC and exceled under Michael McNamara and Una Kindlon in violin performance gaining B(Mus). He then achieved his Licentiates firstly the LRSM in 1992, the LLCM in 1993, and the LRIAM in 1993. He studied viola under Seamus O’Grady who led the National Symphony Orchestra from 2000.
His experience in professional teaching began in GTI under a privately run scheme teaching 6-18 year olds violin and music theory and the school music curriculum. In 2005, Coole Music started and Tom began teaching there and at Music Matters who are based in Ennis, two of his students gaining places in the National Youth Orchestra. In 2009 Tom started a voluntary music club, which was a performance outlet for Adults based in the Loughrea Library and there performed monthly.
As a member of the Corrib Quartet, Tom has performed extensively at hundreds of events including for Pierce Brosnan, Al Gore, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Mary McAleese, Def Leppard, Ben Dunne, and with The Chieftains, The Irish National Children’s Choir, Galway Boy's Choir and the Dunmore Choral society.