Toms Rudzinskis is one of the leading innovative Baltic saxophone players and composers with a unique sound in his performance and compositions. Leading his own band or performing as a well-respected soloist and sideman, currently resides in Berlin and travels across Europe to perform, collaborate and educate.
Graduate of prestigious Conservatorium van Amsterdam, 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”. In 2012, selected as the Jazz ambassador of the internationally recognised 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 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 “Zelta Mikrofons” in two categories – “The Best Jazz album” and “The Best Debut” and gaining a wider recognition and following in his homeland. Another “The Best Jazz album” nomination followed in 2017 with the release of the unique vinyl recording “Locomotion!” with the award-winning Austrian trumpet player Gerhard Ornig.
New album with quintet “ABYSS” is in the making.