Chamber musician and soloist Tanya Tomkins specializes in both modern and Baroque cello. In addition to her current position as co-Principal cellist in both the Portland and Philharmonia Baroque orchestras, she has performed as a soloist with various orchestras and festivals throughout the world. Of special recognition are Tanya’s performances of the Bach Suites on Baroque cello. In addition to recording the Suites for Avie, she presented all six in one day for the Library of Congress, the Da Camara Society in LA, and the Vancouver Early Music Society. She also performed the Suites on recitals at Le Poisson Rouge and Caramoor. Tanya has performed chamber music at Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal, Lincoln Center, the 92nd St Y, San Francisco Performances, the Moab Music Festival and Houston’s Da Camara Society. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Tanya is a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, which presents unique programs combining traditional and contemporary repertoire.
Together with pianist Eric Zivian, Tanya is co-Founder and Artistic Director of the new Valley of the Moon Music Festival which takes place in July in Sonoma and includes an Apprentice Program that helps to further the careers of emerging musicians. “Musicians from the Valley of the Moon Music Festival” presented four concerts at the Green Music Center this past season. Tanya is on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.