In Conversation

Tommie Andersson

In a fascinating conversation, Principal Theorbo/Baroque Guitar Tommie Andersson talks about his past life as a Swedish rockstar, demonstrates three of his favourite lutes and proposes a burning question to ask JS Bach if they bumped into each other at the pub.



Tommie Andersson, born in Bodafors, 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 (Musikhögskolan) in Göteborg, Sweden with a Master’s Degree in Performance (Soloist Diploma), studying under Josef Holecek. Tommie 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 masterclasses in Scandinavia, Western Europe, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan as well as tours of South America and Asia.

Tommie Andersson is highly sought after both as a soloist and as a continuo player and performs regularly with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Song Company, Pinchgut Opera, the Orchestra of the Antipodes, Ensemble Battistin, Sydney Chamber Choir and The Marais Project amongst others.

He is a founding member and principal player of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra 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 ABC.

Tommie Andersson appears on more than 50 discs including a solo CD of baroque lute and guitar music released on the Swedish label Musica Rediviva. He lectures in Lute and Early Guitar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is frequently approached by universities and conservatoriums around the country to teach and perform.


Biography: Tommie Andersson, 2020
Image Credit: Georges Antoni, 2019