Thomas Doss was born 1966, in Linz, Austria, into a musical family (both his parents were active orchestra musicians). His received his undergraduate degree in music education from the Brucknerkonservatorium Linz, specializing in trombone, composition, conducting, and piano. He went on to study in Salzburg, Vienna, Los Angeles, and Maastricht (Limburg).
Doss debuted with the Wiener Kammerorchester in 1988. He held residencies with various opera houses and festivals, working as both conductor and composer with, among others: the Brucknerorchester Linz, Philharmonisches Orchester Erfurt, Wiener Kammersinfoniker, Westfälisches Sinfonieorchester, Philharmonisches Orchester Budweis, Südböhmische Kammerphilharmonie, Wiener Kammerchor, Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, and the Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik.
Doss is known for collaborating with artists from many different genres, such as Harri Stojka, Chris de Burgh, Thomas Gansch, John Williams, Steven Mead, Christian Maurer, as well as many others. His passion for wind and brass ensembles has taken his expertise and talent around the world. He has maintained a close relationship with the Mitropa/Hal Leonard publishing house since 2001 and has published numerous scores and CDs with them.
Teaching and coaching have also become an increasingly important part of Doss' work. Many of his students have won prizes at international competitions. He also leads workshops and masterclasses at institutes across Europe, such as the Konservatorium Groningen (Netherlands), Lemmensinstitut (Belgium), Konservatorium Gent (Belgium), Universität Mainz, Mannheim (Germany), Musikuniversität Wien, and Anton Bruckneruniversität Linz (Austria).
Doss has been the coordinator for the "Ensembleleitung des oberösterreichischen Landesmusikschulwerk" since 2006. He was professor of Ensemble Conducting at the Vienna Conservatory until 2012 and professor of Conducting at the Conservatorium Montiverdi in Bozano (I) until 2016.
He has received numerous cultural awards in recognition of his work including those from the city of Linz, the state of Upper Austria, and South Tirol.
The majority of his work (print and audio) is available from Mitropa/Hal Leonard-Group.