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 extensively in Sweden and has given performances and master classes in Scandinavia, Western Europe, Malaysia and Japan including tours of South America and Asia.
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, The Marais Project, Halcyon and the Australian Chamber Orchestra amongst others.
Tommie Andersson 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. As a recitalist he has performed in all the major Australian capital cities and festivals and he gives regular concerts and live broadcasts for the A.B.C. In 2007 ABC Classic FM initiated the Lute Project, which involved website demonstrations of various types of lutes and commissions for four prolific Australian composers to write lute suites for Tommie Andersson. He gave these works their premiere performance as part of the Aurora Festival at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith in April 2008
Tommie Andersson appears on more than 40 discs including a solo CD of Baroque lute and guitar music released on the Swedish label Musica Rediviva. He lectures in Lute at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is frequently approached by Universities and Conservatoriums around the country to teach and perform.
(source: Ludovico's Band)