Tommie Andersson, born in Sweden and based in Sydney since 1984, is regarded as Australia’s leading specialist in lutes and early guitars. He completed his studies at the State Conservatorium of Music in Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden, with a Masters Degree in Performance, studying under Josef Holecek. He was then awarded a Swiss Government Scholarship for further studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where his teachers included Eugen M. Dombois and Hopkinson Smith. He has toured and taught extensively in Sweden and Scandinavia, Western Europe, Malaysia and Japan and also toured in South America. Tommie Andersson is highly sought after both as a soloist and as a continuo player and performs with Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia, the Song Company, Pinchgut Opera, the Orchestra of the Antipodes, Ensemble Battistin, Sydney Chamber Choir, Halcyon and the Australian Chamber Orchestra amongst others. He has performed with The Marais Project since its beginning in 2000. He is a founding member and principal player of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Australian Brandenburg Soloists and co-directs (with Marshall McGuire) the harp/theorbo consort Ludovico’s Band. In 2007, ABC Classic FM initiated the Lute Project and commissioned four Australian composers to write for him. He premièred these works as part of the Aurora Festival at Penrith in April 2008. Tommie Andersson appears on more than 35 CDs and lectures in lute at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
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