Tom Pauwels studied classical guitar in Brussels, Cologne, and Münster. In 1995, during his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, he was involved in the founding of the Black Jackets Company, a Brussels collective of composers and performers. Ever since these early experiments he has been active in the field of contemporary music, both on classical and electric guitar. Since 2002 he has been working as co-artistic leader for the New Music ensemble Ictus (Brussels). Project-wise, he performs with the London-based Plus-Minus Ensemble. He has recorded works by numerous composers of contemporary music, such as Helmut Lachenmann, Georges Aperghis, and Pierluigi Billone. His broad interest in performance has led to collaborations with choreographers such as Xavier Le Roy, Maud Le Pladec, and Andros Zins-Browne. Since 2002 he has been teaching New Music for guitar at the Conservatory of Ghent and guitar at the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music (2010/12/14).
As of January 2019