“I have recently switched to a Silverstein Cryo 4 ligature for my clarinets. I am very impressed with the timbre and response: the Silverstein has the most vibrant and singing tone among the many ligatures I have played over the years. In blind comparison tests, my colleagues picked the Silverstein over other ligatures every time.” ~ Tommaso Lonquich
Acclaimed as a “formidable clarinetist” (Mundo Clásico) and praised for his “sumptuous tone” and “the mastery and passion of his playing” (Oberon´s Grove), Tommaso Lonquich enjoys a varied and distinguished career. He is solo clarinetist with Ensemble MidtVest, the international full-time chamber ensemble based in Denmark. He is also a member of the CMS TWO program at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, with which he frequently performs in the United States and on tour.
He has appeared in four continents on the world’s most prestigious stages (Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully, Salle Pleyel, Suntory, Kennedy Center, King’s Place, Auditorio Nacional, Tivoli) and is regularly invited to major festivals (Lockenhaus, Mecklenburg, Pacific, Santander, Cervo, Montepulciano, Cortina). He holds a busy chamber music schedule, partnering among others with Pekka Kuusisto, Sergio Azzolini, Umberto Clerici, Cristoph Richter, Alexander Lonquich, Claudio Martinez Mehner, Jeffrey Swann, Ani Kavafian, Gil Kalish and the Allegri, Amphion and Nous Quartets.
He performs regularly as solo clarinetist with Orchestra Leonore (Pistoia, Italy) and has collaborated with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi, Peter Eötvös, Giovanni Antonini, Leonard Slatkin and Reinhard Goebel. He has been a guest with the Chamber Orchestra of Mantua, Aarhus Sinfonietta (Denmark) and Plural Ensemble (Spain).
With Ensemble MidtVest, Tommaso Lonquich has devised many performances in collaboration with visual artists (Dan Colen), dancers (Black Box Dance Company), theatre companies (Odin Teater) and designers (Henrik Vibskov). He has been particularly active in improvisation, working closely with musicians such as Carsten Dahl and Stefan Pasborg and leading workshops at the Juilliard School.
He is artistic co-director of KantorAtelier, a vibrant cultural space based in Florence and dedicated to the exploration of music, theatre, art and psychoanalysis. He also directs the record label KantorAtelier Music, which he co-founded.
Tommaso Lonquich studied at the University of Maryland (USA) and at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofía (Madrid). His main teachers were Michel Arrignon, Loren Kitt, Alessandro Carbonare and Francois Benda.
Among other honors, in 2009 the Queen of Spain presented him with the Escuela’s prestigious annual prize. He was also awarded prizes at the Marco Fiorindo International Chamber Music Competition (Italy) and the Concerto Competition of the National Symphony Orchestra (USA).
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.
Tommaso Lonquich is a Buffet-Crampon Artist and plays period clarinets custom-made by Soren Green. Tommaso plays on the Silverstein CRYO4 ligature.