Magalena Tomsinska

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Magdalena Tomsinska

Magdalena Tomsinska, Polish/Canadian lutenist, performs as soloist and continuo player in period-instrument ensembles in Ontario, Canada. She holds a Master of Music in classical guitar performance from the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Later she studied lute at the Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow. In Canada from 1992, she teaches guitar and lute at the Beckett School at Laurier in Waterloo, Ontario.

Magdalena has performed on renaissance lute, baroque guitar, theorbo and classical guitar with various music groups from Canada and Poland. She is a member of the Toronto Continuo Collective and the Nota Bene Baroque Players.

In 2014 Magdalena recorded a solo lute CD containing music from the 17th century tablature Danzig 4022. It is a world’s first recording of music from that manuscript.

Other recordings include: Na fraszki (2013) with Collegium Vocale Bydgoszcz and Canor Anticus, Fine Knacks for Ladies (2012), Chansons (2010); with the early music consort Greensleaves: Greensleaves (2000), The Gift of Christmas Past (2005) and Polish Popular music of the XVIIth Century (2009), the latest one being dedicated to 17th century Polish music, most of it recorded for the first time. Magdalena also recorded Polish Christmas Carols in 1996 and Polish children's songs in 1997.

From 2010 to 2012, Magdalena researched a 17th century lute manuscript from Gdansk. Her article on that subject was printed in the Polski rocznik muzykologiczny (Polish Musicological Yearly 2012). In musicological literature it is the world's first comprehensive description of this important source of Polish musical culture. For the facsimile edition of this tablature (D-B Danzig 4022), printed in Germany in August 2013 by Tree Edition, Magdalena wrote the English version of the article.