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Pianist Dubravka Tomsic Returns to Middlebury April 12

March 30, 2015

Concert Program to Include Works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Chopin

Dubravka Tomsic - photo Scott Campbell

Middlebury, VT—Celebrated Slovenian pianist Dubravka Tomsic enjoys “something of a cult status among pianophiles” (Gramophone), with performances that convey “heroic power and Olympian vision” (Los Angeles Times), as well as “splendor, drama, passion, poetry, and subtlety” (Boston Globe). A return artist on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, she will perform at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, April 12 at 3:00 P.M. Her concert program will include Haydn’s Sonata in E-flat Major, Beethoven’s “Waldstein” Sonata, and four Chopin piano works.

The only protégée of legendary pianist Artur Rubinstein, who considered her “a perfect and marvelous pianist,” Tomsic gave her first public recital at age five and later embarked on an international career that took her to all five continents, performing more than 4,000 concerts to date. Despite her legendary stature in music circles, it was only in 1989, after a hiatus of almost 30 years, that Tomsic was reintroduced to American audiences with a triumphant gala performance at the Newport Music Festival. In quick succession, recitals at the prestigious series of Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Cleveland, Kansas City, Atlanta, Seattle, and Fort Worth followed, leading to countless re-engagements ever since.

Highlights of recent seasons include several performances with the Boston Symphony under both Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink at Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall, a solo recital at the Tanglewood Festival, and recitals in Portland, Rockport, and at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. Over the course of her career, Tomsic has also been heard in the major halls of Munich, Berlin, Prague, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, and Rome. She has performed at the international festivals of Dubrovnik, Vienna, Prague, Naples, Dresden, Paris, Newport, Tanglewood, and Mostly Mozart in New York City. Equally in demand as a soloist with orchestra, she has appeared with the Vienna Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, Czech Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, Moscow State Orchestra, the symphonies of Boston, Atlanta, Detroit, San Francisco, and the major orchestras of Australia.

More than 80 CD recordings released since 1987 attest to Tomsic’s status as a major recording artist. In addition to The Art of Dubravka Tomsic and a disc of favorite encores, she has recorded concertos by Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Liszt, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky, and recital works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Mozart, Scarlatti, and Srebotnjak.

Tomsic now serves as juror for several major international piano competitions, including the Van Cliburn, Leeds, Beethoven, Clara Haskil, Santander, AXA Dublin, and the International Piano-e-Competition in Minneapolis. In May 2005, she was officially awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Ljubljana, Slovenia by the city’s mayor. She makes her home there and is Full Professor at the Ljubljana University Academy of Music.

Paul Nelson

Performing Arts Series Director Paul Nelson will give a pre-concert talk on the 95-year history of the Series at 2:00 P.M. in the Mahaney Center for the Arts. This is Nelson’s 30th and final season as series director, and this lecture is part of a suite of events this season celebrating his leadership.

The piano recital by Dubravka Tomsic will take place on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 3:00 P.M. in the Concert Hall of Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts (pre-concert lecture at 2:00 P.M.) The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available. Reserved seating tickets are $25 for the general public; $20 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to

An assistive listening system is available at this event. The FM system includes receivers with headsets or neck loops for use with T switch-enabled hearing aids. Please see an usher for details.

Photos of Dubravka Tomsic by Scott Campbell

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