Thomas Zwijsen is best known for his arrangements of famous metal, rock and pop
songs for classical solo guitar. He has the ability to play vocal melodies, guitar licks,
chords, baselines and even drums all at the same time. With these arrangements he has
gained over 8 million views on YouTube.
His third Nylon Maiden album 'Preserved In Time' will be released in June 2016. Read all about it HERE.
Zwijsen studied classical guitar at the Artez conservatoire in Arnhem and Latin/jazz/
Brazilian guitar at Codarts in Rotterdam. In combination with his interest in flamenco and
metal, this strongly influenced his style of guitar playing.
His first solo album Nylon Maiden contains 11 unique arrangements of Iron Maiden
songs. Former Iron Maiden singer Blaze Bayley is featured as a special guest. The album
is published worldwide by Yellowdog/Blacklake and by King Records in Asia.
Thomas has worked closely with Blaze Bayley; as composer, co-producer and lead
guitarist on The King Of Metal album, the Russian Holiday EP and several world tours.
Thomas is also featured on Blaze’s most recent album called “Infinite Entanglement”.
By popular demand Thomas released a Nylon Maiden tab book, accompanied by 12
online instructional videos. Along with the book a video clip for Fear Of The Dark was
published which gained 1,5 million views so far. Also he started an online guitar school
called King Of The Strings. The complete guitar method, specially developed for those
who are interested in learning Thomas’ style of guitar playing, is available at
Thomas’ second solo album Nylonized features arrangements of songs by several
established artists as well as original compositions. Among the guest musicians are Kee
Marcello (Europe - guitar), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol - piano), David
Readman (Pink Cream 69 - vocals), Damian Wilson (Threshold, Ayreon – vocals) and
Blaze Bayley; it was mastered by award winning master engineer Maor Applebaum.
Thomas third full length solo album, Nylon Maiden II, was released world-wide on the 7th
of November. The release party took place in Dubai (UAE) and was followed by a tour of
66 shows in South America and a European Tour with Thomas’ newly formed ensemble;
the Master Guitar Tour.
The Master Guitar Tour is a collaboration of Thomas
Zwijsen and American flamenco (and Flametal) guitarist Ben Woods. The guitarists both
play a solo set followed by a virtuoso set together, performing acoustic arrangements of
songs by Iron Maiden, Metallica, Deep Purple, Dream Theater, etc, as wel as original
On the 3rd of October 2015 Thomas released his new full-length album Divide & Unite,
containing 11 original compositions. On parts of the album Thomas is accompanied by
Nathanael Taekema (UK) on drums, Rosie Taekema (UK) on cello, Ingrid Pontes (BR) on
vocals and Thomas’ long time touring and recording companion Anne Bakker (NL) on
violin. The final song of the album, Unite, is a 9 minute epic featuring all the musicians plus
a guest solo by Ben Woods. The video clip for Unite was filmed on 5 continents!
The release of Divide & Unite was followed by a very successful edition of the Master
Guitar Tour, supported by Ortega Guitars, bringing the guitarists to 20 shows across
In the end of 2015 Thomas was asked by Ortega Guitars to compose songs and record
videos for their new series of guitars called “the Private
Room”. This resulted in an EP called The Castle Suite, released on iTunes in January
To support his releases Thomas has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, The Middle East
and South America, playing over 300 concerts and guitar clinics in the past three years. In
2016 he will continue to do so. A new Nylon Maiden double album, a South American tour,
an Asian tour and another Master Guitar Tour in Europe are currently in the making.
Thomas Zwijsen is officially endorsed by Ortega