Apollonian Poise

“It is not easy to give a distinctive performance of Bach’s suites for solo cello, something that makes these familiar pieces sound new.  That is what baroque cellist Tanya Tomkins did Saturday afternoon in an insightful traversal of all six suites over two concerts closing out the Library of Congress’ Bach festival.”

The Washington Post

Intense Dramatic Fire

“…Her Bach playing is at a level of deep-seated feeling and communion that most players can only dream of.”

San Francisco Performances

Tanya Tomkins Cellist

Cellist Tanya Tomkins is a chamber musician and soloist who is also co-Principal cellist in both the Portland and Philharmonia Baroque orchestras. She has recorded all six Bach Suites on Baroque cello for Avie and also performed all six in one day at the Library of Congress, the Da Camara Society in LA, and for Vancouver Early Music Society, as well as giving recitals of the Suites at Le Poisson Rouge and at Caramoor. Other venues where she has performed chamber music on modern cello include the Concertgebouw’s  Kleine Zaal, Lincoln Center, the 92nd St Y, San Francisco Performances, Music in the Vineyards Festival, the Moab Music Festival and Houston’s Da Camara Society. In the San Francisco Bay Area she is a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble which performs both standard and modern repertoire.


Together with pianist, Eric Zivian, Tanya is co-Founder and Artistic Director of the new Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, and has also founded and runs a series of house concerts called Benvenue House Music. Both of these organizations have Apprentice Programs that help to further the careers of emerging musicians. She is part-time faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Upcoming Performances

Tanya’s Live Concerts

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      31 March 2018 in Green Music Center, Schroeder Hall, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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    First chamber music festival to concentrate solely on
    the Classical and Romantic repertoire on period instruments. 


    Tanya Tomkins, Artistic Director
    Eric Zivian, Music Director


    July 15 – July 29, 2018 at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma


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    Adventures and Inspirations

    Reports from our modern world of Early Music

    Concert and Studio Recording Albums

    Albums available for purchase from publishers such as Avie And Bridge Records.

    • Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

    • Mendelssohn The Piano Trios


    • Cello Duets


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