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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  • 26.
    Piano - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3622 Release Date: 03/03/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Gershwin,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Russell Sherman,  Marian Pivka,  Raymond Spasovski,  Garrison Kent  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slavonic Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 27.
    25 Romantic Moods
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8840 Release Date: 07/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Igor Stravinsky,  Gustav Holst,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Abbey Simon,  George Silfies,  Walter Klien,  Jerome Rose  ... 
    Conductor:  Eduardo Mata,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Walter Susskind,  Maurice Abravanel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra,  Minnesota Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    25 Romantic Favorites
    Label: Vox Cameo Classics   Catalog: 8806 Release Date: 01/30/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Wellbaum,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Ernst Mühlbacher,  Frank Morelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel,  Carl Michalski,  Anton Nanut,  Franz Bauer-Theussl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    Chopin: 4 Impromptus; 4 Nocturnes; Fantasie
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4141 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
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  • 31.
    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,  Dubravka Tomsic,  Alexander Pervomaisky,  Hanae Nakajima
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  • 32.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4149 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
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  • 33.
    Paganini Variations- Works By Paganini, Liszt, Schumann, Etc
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3020 Release Date: 12/12/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci,  Abbey Simon,  Peter Frankl,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Conductor:  Anton Nanut,  Bernard Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra,  Bernard Thomas Chamber Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Classical Music For People Who Hate Classical Music
    Label: Classical Heritage   Catalog: 1212 Release Date: 06/09/1994   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Performer:  Hans-Christoph Becker-Foss,  Anna Lelkes,  Philippe Entremont,  Joseph Brezina  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Camerata Academica,  London Festival Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Beethoven: Sonatas For Piano / Dubravka Tomsic
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7066 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
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  • 36.
    Beethoven - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3602 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sylvia Cápová,  Jan Czerkow,  Dubravka Tomsic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  London Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    Chopin - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3609 Release Date: 04/13/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Russell Sherman,  Arthur Moreira Lima,  Sylvia Cápová,  Dubravka Tomsic  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ljubljana Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Mozart: Piano Sonatas Vol 1 / Dubravka Tomsic
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7040 Release Date: 01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic
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