Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak

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Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak

Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak (born 7 February 1940 in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Kingdom of Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian pianist and music teacher.

Her great talent for the piano became obvious while receiving private lessons at a young age, so it was only natural that she continue her education in the field, first at the Music High School in Ljubljana and later at the Slovene Academy of Music under professor Zora Zarnikova. Following the advice of concert pianist Claudio Arrau, she went to the United States at age 12 and in 1957 graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York, studying under professor Katharine Bacon, while at the same time receiving coaching from Alexander Uninsky. Arthur Rubinstein heard her New York Town Hall recital and invited her to study with him privately. Her lessons with him occurred over a period of years in the late 1950s and Tomšič became one of only a handful of Rubinstein's protegées. Their friendship lasted for the rest of Rubinstein's life.

Since 1967 she has taught piano at the Slovene Academy of music in Ljubljana and since 1975 as a full professor. She has had a wide ranging concert career and is often invited to judge piano competitions including Van Cliburn, Leeds, L. v. Beethoven, Clara Haskil, and others. Dubravka Tomšič is very much sought after as a performer, making recital and concerto appearances all over Europe, Asia, North America, Mexico, Australia and Africa. She is credited with more than 3,500 performances and more than 20 record and 70 CD releases. For her artistic and pedagogic endeavours she has received numerous awards: 3rd prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, 1961), Prešeren Fund Award (1962), 1. award at Mozart's festival recital (Brussels, 1967), Župančič Award (1970), gold lyre SUMUJ Award (1974), Prešeren Award (1975), AVNOJ Award (1976), Golden Award of the University in Ljubljana for her pedagogic and artistic achievements (1989), etc. She is an honorary member of the Slovene Philharmonics since 1995.

Her students include: Majda Martinc, Sonja Pahor, Hinko Haas, Lidija Stanković, Tatjana Ognjanović, Tomaž Petrač, Anja German, Miha Haas, Slaven Kulenovic, Natalija Šaver, Tadej Horvat and Fada Azzeh.

She was married to the Slovenian composer Alojz Srebotnjak until his death on 1 December 2010 and has a son Martin Srebotnjak, who is a Slovenian film director.

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