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Magdalena Tomsinska was born in Poland, where she majored in classical guitar at the Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and lute at the Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow, where she received her Master of Music. She came to Canada in 1992, where she plays professionally and teaches guitar and lute at the Beckett School of Music in Kitchener. Magdalena has performed on renaissance lute, baroque guitar, the orbo and classical guitar with various music groups from Canada and Poland, including Tactus Vocal Ensemble, Nota Bene Period Orchestra and Nota Bene Baroque Players, Renaissance Singers, Cardinal Consort, Collegium Vocale Bydgoszcz and Canor Anticus along with soloists such as Stephanie Kramer, Jennifer Enns-Modolo and Daniel Cabena. She is a member of the Toronto Continuo Collective.
Listen to Magdalena’s music
“Balletto Polacho No.3”:
Excerpts from reviews of the album “Pieces from the Gdańsk Lute Tabulature” (DUX 1150)
(…) This is rare repertoire and with the help of the fascinating documentation and a beautiful, close recording the music, although slight in many ways, comes alive. This is aided by clear, warm and precise playing. We are thus presented with a picture of the type of small-scale musical entertainment popular in 17th century Poland. In so clearly a designed programme as that offered here by Magdalena Tomsinska there can be few criticisms. The results are no doubt enhanced by the performer’s preparation: she has been researching the manuscript for some years.(…)
Gary Higginson musicweb-international, classical reviews, May 2015