The first ‘cellist ever to win the international Bodky Competition for Early Music Soloists, Tanya is equally at home on Baroque and modern instruments. She has performed on various chamber music series to critical acclaim – including at the Library of Congress, the Frick Collection, “Great Performances” at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, San Francisco Performances, and the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal.
She is particularly renowned for her performance of the complete Bach Suites on Baroque ‘cello, available in a recording from Avie.
As part of the Zivian-Tomkins Duo, Tomkins collaborates with pianist and fortepianist Eric Zivian on both modern and original instruments. With Zivian and English Baroque violinist Monica Huggett, she is one third of the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio.
She is also a member of the Left Coast Chamber Orchestra, a cutting-edge group that combines traditional chamber music with modern works, many of which have been composed for the group.
Tanya serves as co-principal cellist of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra. She has been featured as a soloist with various orchestras and at dozens of festivals all over the world.
Tanya is an avid teacher, giving master classes at Yale, Juilliard, and San Francisco Conservatory. She runs an apprentice program, furthering the careers of young chamber musicians, as part of the non-profit organization, Benvenue House Music. With Eric Zivian, she is co-founder of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, which will train young musicians to play romantic music on original instruments. To learn more about Tanya’s teaching career, click here