About

Toms Rudzinskis is one of the leading innovative Latvian saxophone players and composers with a unique sound in his performance and compositions.

After graduating from the prestigious Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Toms currently resides in Riga, Latvia and travels across Europe to perform, collaborate and educate. Leading his own band or performing as a well-respected soloist and sideman you can meet Toms in The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Iceland, Georgia, Curacao, Portugal, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, the Baltic States and the list goes on.

Besides numerous jazz and classical music awards, Toms has been chosen as the Best Soloist at the international big band competition “Meer Jazz”, and won the “Keep an Eye” Jazz award with the quartet “North by Northeast”, competing against musicians from New York, Boston, Philadelphia and The Netherlands. In 2012, Toms was selected as the Jazz ambassador of the internationally recognized venue Bimhuis. In 2013  won the Grand Prix in the prestigious “Burghausen Jazz competition” with “Matiss Cudars quartet”, which led to an opportunity to share the stage with internationally recognized Cassandra Wilson. In 2015 Toms won the “Dutch Jazz Competition” Grand Prix with Loran Witteveen quintet which led to a tour in 2016 covering the biggest venues in The Netherlands.

In 2014 Toms released debut album “ABRA”  that got nominated for the Latvian Grammy Award Latvijas Mūzikas ierakstu gada balva “Zelta Mikrofons” in two categories – The Best Jazz album and The Best Debut and gaining a wider recognition and following in his homeland.

Toms Rudzinskis: IMPRO-WISE speech & performance at TEDxRiga