Biography

The celebrated Slovenian pianist Dubravka Tomsic enjoys “something of a cult status among pianophiles" (Gramophone Magazine), with performances that convey "heroic power and Olympian vision" (Los Angeles Times) as well as "splendor, drama, passion, poetry, and subtlety" (Boston Globe). The only protégé of legendary pianist Artur Rubinstein, who considered her "a perfect and marvelous pianist," she gave her first public recital at age five and later embarked on an international career that has taken her to five continents.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Tomsic has been heard in recital at major halls in Munich, Berlin, Prague, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Madrid, Amsterdam, London and Rome, and at the international festivals of Dubrovnik, Vienna, Prague, Naples, Dresden, Paris, Mexico City, Joliette (Canada), Gilmore, Newport, Tanglewood, and Mostly Mozart (New York City). Equally in demand as a soloist with orchestras, she has appeared with the Vienna Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Czech Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, Dresden Staatskapelle, Moscow State Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Mexico City Philharmonic, the symphonies of Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, and San Francisco, and the major orchestras of Australia.

Her more than 90 recordings of recital works and piano concertos attest to Dubravka Tomsic’s status as a major recording artist. In 2003 she won the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque of the Franz Liszt Society in Budapest for her album on the IPO label, featuring an all-Liszt program that includes the B Minor Sonata. She can be heard on Vox Classics, Koch International and other labels. She has collaborated with great conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Hans Graf, Bernard Haitink, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Rudolf Kempe, Neeme Järvi, Herbert Blomstedt, John Pritchard, Edo de Waart, and Carlos Miguel Prieto, among many others.

Ms. Tomsic began her studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Music with Zora Zarnik. At age twelve she moved to New York, on the recommendation of Claudio Arrau, to study with Katherine Bacon at The Juilliard School. While still a teenager she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and Diploma in Piano (receiving two special awards) and made her New York Philharmonic, Town Hall and Chicago recital debuts. She also gave a recital at Carnegie Hall, mentioned in a glowing account by Artur Rubinstein in his memoir, My Many Years.

As a young pianist, Dubravka Tomsic won many awards and international competitions. She now serves as juror for several major piano competitions, including the Van Cliburn, Leeds, Beethoven, Clara Haskil, Bach, Schumann, Santander, AXA Dublin, and the Minneapolis and Cleveland international piano competitions.

Ms. Tomsic gives master classes in Europe and in the United States, and is Full Professor at the Ljubljana University Academy of Music. She has been an honorary member of the Slovenian Philharmonic since 1995, and she was officially awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Ljubljana by the city’s mayor in 2005. Ms. Tomsic is considered the Grande Dame among Slovenian artists and serves as Cultural Ambassador in promoting Slovenian pianism to all parts of the world.

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