Magalena Tomsinska

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Magdalena Tomsinska is a Polish-Canadian musician who plays on the lute, baroque guitar, theorbo and classical guitar with various music groups from Canada and Poland, including Toronto Continuo Collective and Nota Bene Baroque Players. She holds Master of Music in classical guitar performance. In Canada from 1992, she teaches guitar at The Beckett School at Laurier and lute at the Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.


Magdalena’s last CD “Pieces from the Danzig 4022” has garnered international praise: her playing has been described by critics as: “beautiful with a clear resonant tone”, with a “spontaneous, spirited feel”. Except of the two Balletti Polachi this is the world's first recording of pieces 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 Polish 17th century manuscript, most of it recorded for the first time. Magdalena also recorded Polish Christmas Carols in 1996 and Polish children's songs (with the children from the Polish School) in 1997.


From 1999 to 2005 she was conductor of the choir at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. In 2000 and 2002 the choir won first prize at the Festival of Religious Songs in Mississauga. With the choir Magdalena recorded a CD Blisko jesteś Panie.


From 2010 to 2012, Magdalena researched a 17th century lute manuscript from Gdansk. Her article on that subject and a catalogue with concordances 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, she wrote the English version of the article. In 2019 in Polish Musicological Yearly it will be printed a supplement to the original article.


In 2018 Magdalena performed in the series of short TV films “Sounds of Canada”: