Milton Thomas (1920-2001) was an active violinst in the Southern California music scene for several decades, and taught at USC from 1968 to 1996. He was married to fellow violinst Yukiko Kamei. The son of immigrants from Lithuania and Russia, Thomas was born in Little Washington, Pa. He trained at the Juilliard School in New York, and played in the Cleveland Orchestra under Rodzinski and Leinsdorf in the 1940s.
He also toured with Stokowski’s All American Youth Orchestra. He later studied privately with cellist Pablo Casals in Prades, where he was a soloist at the Prades Festival from 1952 to 1972. He premiered and performed several of Henri Lazarof's compositions througout his career.