Tanya Tomkins, a virtuoso on both the baroque and modern cello, is equally at home playing a Bach cello suite in an intimate house concert or anchoring the cello section of the internationally renowned Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra on concert stages around the world. NRC Handelsblad (The Netherlands) describes Tomkins as “a cellist with a very special and unusual intensity,” and the Cleveland Plain Dealer calls Tomkins “a performer who combines an intense dramatic fire with Apollonian poise.”
Tomkins studied in the Netherlands with renowned cellist and early music specialist Anner Bylsma. She received her Soloist Diploma from The Royal Conservatory of Music at The Hague. Tomkins founded the Trio d’Amsterdam, which toured extensively throughout Europe and subsequently made its New York debut at the Frick Collection. Tomkins has also toured as a member of the Euridice String Quartet and the SoLaRe Trio. Tomkins is currently a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the San Francisco String Trio.
In 2001, Tomkins won the Erwin Bodky Competition for early music soloists in Boston; Tomkins was the first cellist to be awarded the prize. As a performer of baroque music, Tomkins serves as co-principal cellist of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra. She has been featured as a soloist with Philharmonia Baroque; American Bach Soloists; Oregon Bach Festival; Mozart Festival in San Luis Obispo, California; an early music festival in Paradise, Montana with acclaimed English baroque violinist Monica Huggett; and at the Göttingen Handel Festival.
As an active recitalist and chamber musician on the modern cello, Tomkins has appeared to critical acclaim throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States. She has performed at major concert halls including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York City’s Lincoln Center (as part of the “Great Performances” series), and the 92nd Street Y in New York (for the “Meet the Virtuoso” series). Music festival appearances include the Moab Music Festival in Moab, Utah, Music in the Vineyards in Napa, and the Umea Chamber Music Festival in Umea, Sweden. Tomkins collaborates with pianist and fortepianist Eric Zivian on both modern and original instruments as part of the Zivian-Tomkins Duo.
Tomkins has recorded baroque and later music on a variety of labels. Recordings on baroque instruments include Glinka and Beethoven trios with the Trio d’Amsterdam (Koch); Friedrich Kummer cello duets with noted cellist Phoebe Carrai (Avie Records); Corelli & Co. with Dan Laurin and the Parnassus Avenue Ensemble (Bis); and Beethoven Works for Cello and Piano with fortepianist Eric Zivian (Centaur). Recordings on the modern cello include Debussy and Ravel quartets with the Euridice Quartet (Vanguard Classics) and Schubert and Beethoven string trios with the SoLaRe Trio (Ottavo Records).