Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet
Acclaimed by reviewers as a “formidable clarinetist" and praised for his "passion, sumptuous tone, magical finesse and dazzling virtuosity", Tommaso Lonquich is one of the most appreciated musicians of his generation.
He is Solo Clarinetist with Ensemble MidtVest, the international full-time chamber ensemble based in Denmark. He is also an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, with which he performs in the United States and on worldwide tours.
He has appeared on the most prestigious stages of four continents (Carnegie Hall, Wigmore, Alice Tully, Suntory, Salle Pleyel…) and is regularly invited to major festivals (Lockenhaus, Oxford, Mecklenburg, Pacific, Music@Menlo, Bridgehampton…). He has partnered among others with Pekka Kuusisto, Carolin Widmann, Wu Han, David Finckel, Nicolas Dautricourt, Sergio Azzolini, Umberto Clerici, Maximilian Hornung, Alexander Lonquich, Gilles Vonsattel, Anneleen Lenaerts, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Gil Kalish, and the Danish, Vertavo, Zaïde and Noûs string quartets.
Tommaso Lonquich performs regularly as Solo Clarinetist with the Haydn Philiharmonie (Austria), the Orchestra Leonore and the Chamber Orchestra of Mantua (Italy) and has collaborated with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi and Leonard Slatkin. As a soloist, he has appeared with the RadioTelevision Orchestra of Slovenia and the Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico of Vicenza, among others.
He is Artistic Co-Director of KantorAtelier, a vibrant cultural space based in Florence (Italy) and dedicated to the exploration of music, theatre, art and psychoanalysis. Particularly active in the field of improvisation with Ensemble MidtVest, he has led workshops at the Juilliard School and has collaborated with prominent visual artists, dancers and theatre companies.
A devoted mentor, Tommaso Lonquich is the Head of Chamber Music at the Dædalus Advanced Studies Program in Florence, an institution which he co-founded. He has given masterclasses at the Manhattan School of Music, at the State University of New York Purchase, and at the Royal Welsh College of Music, among others.
Tommaso Lonquich studied at the University of Maryland (USA) and at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofía (Spain). The latter institution awarded him the prestigious annual prize, presented by the Queen of Spain.
He can be heard on a number of CD releases by Ensemble MidtVest and Plural Ensemble (on DaCapo, CPO, Col Legno), as well as on live broadcasts by the BBC and other national radios around the world.