Dubravka Tomsic


Born: 1940; Dubrovnik, Croatia  
Slovenia's Dubravka Tomsic is something of a connoisseur's pianist, not a marquee name widely known outside of classical music circles, but often listed among the finest players in the world by those in the know. Only now becoming well known in the West, she was a marquee name in the former Yugoslavia and in other Eastern European countries. Born in 1940 in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, she gave her first piano recital at age five. She grew up Read more in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana and studied at the Ljubljana Academy of Music during her childhood. Her talents were noticed by the great Chilean-American pianist Claudio Arrau, who encouraged her to come to the U.S. to study. So, when she was 12, Tomsic moved to New York and enrolled at the Juilliard School, where her primary teacher was Katherine Bacon. The teenaged pianist gave recitals around New York, including one in Carnegie Hall that attracted the attention of Artur Rubinstein. Tomsic studied for two years with Rubinstein, and he called her "a perfect and marvelous pianist." She graduated from Juilliard with two special awards, by which time she had an appearance with the New York Philharmonic under her belt.

After these high-flying beginnings, however, Tomsic chose to return home to Ljubljana. From the late 1950s until the late 1980s she taught at the Ljubljana Academy of Music (where she is still a professor), raised a family, and built a considerable reputation in southeastern Europe. Her return to the U.S. spotlight came in 1989 with an acclaimed performance at the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island, and since then she has played recitals in over a dozen U.S. cities (often finding herself immediately asked back afterward) and around Europe. She has also made concerto appearances with orchestras and performed at several major music festivals. Since 1987 she has released over 60 recordings, including most of the major Romantic concertos and solo piano music from Bach and Scarlatti to Debussy and Rachmaninov.

At the keyboard, Tomsic's reserved demeanor belies the expressivity of her playing. Noted for the variety of tone colors she can coax from the piano and for the power and smoothness of her trills, Tomsic offered performances that often evoked the adjective "seamless." Her "dazzling technique," noted the Boston Phoenix after a Tomsic concert that finally ended after five encores, "is never an end but a means of achieving emotional directness and poetic insinuation." Read less
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  • 1.
    Music For Pleasure [wienerworld]
    Label: Wienerworld   Catalog: 1367 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Dieter Goldmann,  Vladimir Horowitz,  Michael Conn,  Eugen D'Albert  ... 
    Conductor:  Francesco Macci,  Alberto Lizzio,  Leopold Stokowski,  Anton Nanut  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hyacinthe Eléonore Klosé
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  • 2.
    50 Shades Of Classical
    Label: Cleopatra   Catalog: 159 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Danielle Dechenne,  Henrik Lagendaal,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Nicholas Sirart  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Raucheisen,  Zdenek Chabala,  Ferdinand Lang,  Zoltan Kovats  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caspar da Salo Quartett
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 06/01/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Anton Rubinstein,  Bedrich Smetana,  Antonín Dvorák,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Iwan Czerkow,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Ivan Cerkov  ... 
    Conductor:  Othmar M. F. Mága,  Heribert Beissel,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Alfred Scholz  ... 
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  • 4.
    Rise Of The Masters: 100 Supreme Classical Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob Lindberg,  Yoshikazu Mera,  Finghin Collins,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Nils-Erik Sparf,  Shigeo Genda,  Bohdan Warchal,  Masaaki Suzuki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble,  Bach Collegium Japan,  Arion Trio  ... 
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  • 5.
    The 50 Darkest Pieces Of Classical Music
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 108 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Finghin Collins,  Roland Pöntinen,  Emmy Berhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Volke Schmidt-Gertenbach,  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moyzes String Quartet,  Camerata Antonio Lucio,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 110 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Claude Debussy,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Sergio Tiempo,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Peter Schmalfuss  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Duo,  Saarland Radio Holzblaser-Trio
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  • 7.
    Smooth Dinner Classics: Beautiful Music For Two
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 10123 Release Date: 10/21/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic,  Marian Pivka,  Christiane Jaccottet,  Sylvia Cápová  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Eugen Duvier,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Libor Pesek  ... 
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  • 8.
    Classical Wellness
    Label: Music & Melody   Catalog: 5002 Release Date: 12/03/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni,  Claude Debussy,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Lelkes,  Iwan Czerkow,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Marian Pivka  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Eugen Duvier,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Libor Pesek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Quartet
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  • 9.
    The Most Relaxing Classical Music In The Universe - Music For Weddings
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17719 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Otto Büchner,  Peter Schmalfuss,  Renate Modron,  Peter Jancovic  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lizzio,  Hanspeter Gmür,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Bohdan Warchal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musici di San Marco,  Munich Bach Soloists,  Slovak Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    The Ultimate Most Relaxing Chopin In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17740 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Peter Schmalfuss,  Vitalij Margulis,  Joanna Brzezinska,  Kveta Novotna  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi,  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 11.
    101 Piano Masterpieces - 10 Cd Box Set
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 9528670 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Magda Bergreich,  Hans-Christoph Becker-Foss,  Robert Titze,  Christa Lehnert  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Robert Wagner,  Ernst Delgado,  Henry Adolf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Symphony Orchestra,  Nurnberger Symphoniker
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  • 12.
    Bedtime With Brahms
    Label: Michele   Catalog: 9008 Release Date: 03/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic,  Harris Goldsmith,  Nobuko Imai,  Václav Hudecek
    Conductor:  Anton Nanut,  Milan Horvat
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  • 13.
    Classics For Dog Lovers
    Label: Stradivari   Catalog: 9018 Release Date: 03/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  George Frideric Handel,  Hector Berlioz,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
    Conductor:  Barry Faldner,  Anton Nanut
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  • 14.
    Culinary Classics: A Little French Persuasion
    Label: Michele   Catalog: 9004 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Georges Bizet,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
    Conductor:  Anton Nanut,  Barry Faldner,  Marko Munih
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  • 15.
    Bach Instrumental Highlights / Preston, Rilling, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98996 Release Date: 08/12/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Keiko Wakamatsu,  Junko Wakamatsu,  Thomas Indermühle,  Martha Schuster  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling,  Simon Preston
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Die Konzerte: Einfuhrung Von Dr. Udo Unger Mis 29 Musikbeispielen
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4064 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Udo Unger
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Hanae Nakajima,  Alexander Pervomaisky,  Dubravka Tomsic
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