Thomas Otto was born in Berlin in 1979. After attending the Special School of Music C. Ph. E. Bach Berlin, he studied from 2000 to 2005 at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin with Prof. W. K. Zeller and E. Chr. Schönweiss. He received, among others, the Ferenc Fricsay Scholarship of the German Symphony Orchestra and was a national prize winner with chamber music. He made his first engagement in 2005 with the Staatskapelle Berlin before becoming a member of the Dresden Philharmonic in 2007.