TANYA TOMKINS (violoncello) returned to the United States in 1998 after living in Holland for 14 years, where she discovered that certain music sounds wonderful when performed on the instruments for which it was composed. This discovery has informed a diverse career as soloist and chamber musician. The first ‘cellist ever to win the international Bodky Competition for Early Music Soloists, she is equally at home on baroque and modern instruments and has performed on many chamber music series to critical acclaim, including at the Frick Collection, Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, San Francisco Performances, and the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal. She has numerous recordings, including the Beethoven ‘Cello Sonatas with fortepianist, Eric Zivian (Bridge) and a recording of the complete Bach Suites on Baroque ‘cello (Avie). Currently one of the principal ‘cellists with American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque, and Portland Baroque, she has performed as soloist with all three orchestras. She also performs with Voices of Music, the Oregon Bach Festival, Music in the Vineyards Festival, and the Moab Chamber Music Festival. She is a member of the ZivianTomkins Duo, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio with Monica Huggett and Eric Zivian. She also organizes a series of house concerts. Tanya is fond of teaching and has given master classes at Juilliard, SFCM, and San Jose State University. This season Tanya is concentrating on the Bach Suites, performing all six in one day at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and for the Da Camara Society in Los Angeles. She will be performing three Suites at the Caramoor Festival in New York, Le Poisson Rouge and has performed them for the San Francisco Early Music Society, the Great Artist’s Series for Voices of Music, Seattle Early Music, and San Diego Early Music Societies.
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