Grandeur and beauty at the piano

"Tomsic’s amorous and rich tones were showcased in the Andante Spianato, whereas the Polonaise section displayed her intense and powerful sound. Her playing was brilliant and exciting as she presented impeccable technique."

Jordan Buchholtz, KCMetropolis
"The Monterey Symphony's glorious 2012-2013 'Season of the Piano' came to a sensational conclusion Sunday afternoon at Sunset Center with a program featuring the extraordinary Slovenian keyboard virtuoso Dubravka Tomsic.... This beautiful woman, who has graced our concert halls for many years, is an international treasure. We are so lucky she returns to the Monterey Symphony from time to time." Read More...
Barbara Rose Shuler, Monterey County Herald
Brahms, Pianist Tomsic Triumphant in Pasadena
"A student of Artur Rubinstein, who died in 1982 at 95, the Slovenian pianist was reintroduced to American audiences four years ago, after a nearly 30-year hiatus. Lucky for us. Like Rubinstein, Tomsic has utter command of the keyboard. She sees music in wholes, not parts. She is Apollo, not Dinoysus."
Chris Pasles, Los Angeles Times
Tomsic plays Celebrity role well
"The combination of Beethoven and Chopin showed two different aspects of Tomsic’s legendary interpretative (not to mention technical) powers — the Apollonian and the Dionysian."
Harlow Robinson, Boston Globe
Huntsville Symphony Finds Beethoven Challenging
"Tomsic, a protege of Artur Rubinstein, performed Saturday evening with an artful intelligence that captivated the audience and invigorated the orchestra. Despite her romantic approach to interpretation, the performance was earnest and never self-indulgent.

"While the fluid tempi of the first movement were at times a struggle for an impatient orchestra, her second movement was dark, somber and thoughtful. The third and final movement was one of irresistible energy coupled with a rare technical elegance, making even difficult passages sound miraculously melodic. The concerto concluded convincingly, leaving a breathless audience standing in amazement."
Dr. David Ragsdale, Huntsville Times
Review: Honolulu Symphony Shines in 'Long and Intense' Performance
"Tomsic has mastered the illusion of tranquil power, gliding through the music's considerable physical demands with grace, as though dancing with a good friend. She played with an expansive tone, silky smooth and pliant, but with a tensile strength closer to steel. She could shift from explosive chords to fairy-dust runs in a second without even blinking.

"Young musicians are often flash and angularity, but Tomsic's flash was contained inside the music, which took on a deep, mellow warmth throughout."

Ruth Bingham, Honolulu Advertiser
A Skillful Touch, Albeit Relaxed
"She played generously, long and beautifully. And she was generously received."
Dvid Perkins, Boston Globe
"Outfitted in a gorgeous red and gold caftan, she dived into the romantic masterwork with the elegant mastery that has made her a beloved returning artist. The concerto was brilliantly executed throughout by the soloist, conductor and the ensemble culminating in a thrilling finish in the final Vivace movement."
Monterey County Herald
"Tomsic, looking resplendent and colorful on stage, blazed her way through Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor with impressive confidence and beguiling charm. She treated the audience to an elegant performance that was as full of subtle color and shading as it was of effortless virtuosity. The beautifully shaped melodies in the first and second movements were totally beguiling, and her fleet performance of the Vivace finale was astonishing for its superlative mastery. The cumulative effect was extraordinary."
Salinas Californian

"Tomsic showed what pianistic art can become: taking the ordinary recital to levels of the highest musical achievement, tackling art at its foremost."

Boston Herald
With Fire and Grace at Her Fingertips, Pianist Soars With Chopin
"Her playing is big, opulently colored, imaginatively pedaled; it is generously emotional but never sentimental. And she is technically commanding, often to a breathtaking degree."
Richard Dyer, Boston Globe
Tomsic's performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 served as the virtuoso centerpiece of the concert - a ravishing performance by soloist and orchestra."
Monterey County Herald
Barbara Cook and Marilyn Horne; Dubravka Tomsic at the BSO, and John Harbison's Ulysses
"It was thrilling to hear her take possession of this piece, from the commanding fanfare of the first chords to the floating tone that seemed to be whispering secrets. As "announced" by Tomsic, the rather trivial theme (which Beethoven had actually written a decade earlier) took on a radiant beauty."
Lloyd Schwartz, Boston Phoenix
BSO's Season Opens with New Beethoven Twist
"Last night she played with splendor, drama, passion, poetry, and subtlety, quick to catch every chameleon mood with new colors, dynamics, and articulations, and supported by a tensile rhythmic sense. The speed and evenness of her trill are matchless, and she can reduce it to a whisper without altering the tempo or the texture. No wonder the Tanglewood Festival Chorus applauded her at the first rehearsal."
Richard Dyer, Boston Globe
"Pianist Dubravka Tomsic brought her formidable no-nonsense prowess as well as her trademark glamorous grandmother-of-the-bride presence to the proceedings."
Boston Herald
"Dubravka Tomsic has enjoyed something of a cult status among pianophiles. From this Liszt recital, one can understand what all the shouting is about, for Tomsic is clearly a greatly gifted pianist with an awe-inspiring technique."
Gramophone Magazine
"The marvel of pianist Dubravka Tomsic is not her prodigious technique, her poetic turns of phrase or her infectious comfort-level onstage. The 63-year-old pianist, who performed Friday at the Folly Theater, has all of those things. But it is her touch that sets her apart, the ability to wield a range of tone colors that one associates with the (reportedly) bygone Golden Era of pianism."
Kansas City Star
Slovenian Splendor
"With her quiet brilliance and determinedly unglamorous presentation, few pianists could be further from the dashing Lisztian model than the great Slovenian artist Dubravka Tomsic. Yet few pianists today play with such a combination of simplicity, virtuosity and interpretive clarity - qualities that have placed Tomsic's regular visits among the highlights of San Francisco's musical life since her 1995 debut.
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
The Coolest Month
"I've left myself less room to write about the glorious Slovenian pianist Dubravka Tomsic than she deserves. But in a way, she poses the least complicated challenge to write about. She's simply one of the greatest musicians alive, and everything she does is on the highest level of virtuosity and insight. What would Boston be like without her annual rejuvenating visit?"
Lloyd Schwartz, Boston Phoenix
From Tomsic, A Startling Range
"'This woman is a miracle,' exclaimed a distinguished musician at the close of Dubravka Tomsic's recital Sunday afternoon at Symphony Hall. One can only agree, though there is nothing miraculous about the decades of unremitting hard work that lie behind Tomsic's 'effortless' playing."
Richard Dyer, Boston Globe
Lyrical Pianist Tomsic Lets Fingers Do the Talking
"If Dubravka Tomsic isn't your favorite pianist, she should be."
Boston Herald
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