Dubravka Tomsic

Biography

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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    Music For Your Star Sign: Cancer
    Label: Aao Music   Catalog: 67032 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Leos Janácek,  Edvard Grieg,  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic,  Juri Petrov,  Jane Christée Gehringer,  Tonko Ninic
    Conductor:  Anton Nanut,  Tonko Ninic
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    50 Shades Of Classical
    Label: Cleopatra   Catalog: 159 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Danielle Dechenne,  Henrik Lagendaal,  Nora Ksendzov,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    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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    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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    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,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Andrea Kauten,  Sergio Tiempo,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Chamber Duo,  Saarland Radio Holzblaser-Trio
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    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:  Sylvia Cápová,  Christiane Jaccottet,  Marian Pivka,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Eugen Duvier,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Libor Pesek  ... 
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    Chopin: Works For Piano
    Label: Ipo   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
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    Mozart: Works For Piano / Dubravka Tomsic
    Label: Ipo   Catalog: 1019 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
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  • 10.
    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,  Sylvia Cápová,  Christiane Jaccottet  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  Eugen Duvier,  Vladimir Petroschoff,  Libor Pesek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozarteum-Quartett Salzburg
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    Romantic Adagios / Svetlanov, Marturet, Et Al
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17749 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Jacques Offenbach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic,  Herbert Waltl,  Marian Pivka,  Marián Lapsansky  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Shipway,  Eduardo Marturet,  Theodore Bloomfield,  Oliver Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    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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  • 14.
    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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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 81884 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Frédéric Chopin,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schmalfuss,  Jela Spitkova,  Sylvia Cápová,  Miklós Spányi  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfred Scholz,  Herbert Münchner,  Sven Bengtson,  Henry Adolph  ... 
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  • 16.
    50 Ultimate Classical Favorites
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 5651 Release Date: 08/02/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic,  Ernst Mühlbacher,  Susan Jolles,  Humbert Lucarelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Michalski,  Anton Nanut,  Franz Bauer-Theussl,  Karel Brazda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Slavonica  ... 
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    Dubravka Tomsic - A Liszt Recital
    Label: Ipo   Catalog: 1001 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
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    I Do - Classical Wedding Music
    Label: Golden Stars   Catalog: 5326 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Eduardo Di Capua  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriele Fuchs,  Peter Dvorsky,  Bojan Gorisek,  Georgi Robev  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Ernst Hinreiner,  Marko Munih,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Chamber Orchestra,  Salzburg Camerata Academica,  Consortium Musicum Ljubljana  ... 
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    Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Piano Concerto No 5 / Nanut
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8193 Release Date: 07/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
    Conductor:  Anton Nanut
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra
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    Label: Bci-eclipse Distribution   Catalog: 40026 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic,  Hugo Steurer
    Conductor:  Anton Nanut,  Alfred Scholz,  Henry Adolph,  Alberto Lizzio  ... 
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  • 21.
    Chopin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Bci Music   Catalog: 40028 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic,  Peter Schmalfuss,  Vitalij Margulis,  Ida Czernicka  ... 
    Conductor:  Marko Munih
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Label: Bci Music   Catalog: 40027 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Christiane Jaccottet,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Sylvia Cápová,  Dieter Goldmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Anton Nanut,  Alberto Lizzio
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Caspar da Salo Quintet,  Mozart Festival Orchestra
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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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    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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