• Hanna School Concert Hall Tanya Tomkins February 22, 2015 Why I Decided to Start a Chamber Music Festival

    The short answer is that I have been playing music for what feels like forever and one day I woke up with a distinct sense that something needed to change. It’s not that I don’t still love performing, because I do, but I realized that what excited me now was teaching young musicians and hopefully […]

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  • Tanya Tomkins February 26, 2016 Pop the champagne! 20 million views

    From Voices of Music:  “This week, we will be celebrating our 20,000,000th view on YouTube: this amazing achievement is due to the passion, artistry and hard work of our musicians. One year from now, we hope to reach the 25 million mark. Nine years ago, we began our musical odyssey by filming Tanya Tomkins; here’s Tanya […]

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  • cello_water Tanya Tomkins October 17, 2015 Musicians for the Planet: Take Action for Climate Conference

    The music is about to stop—literally, right now—if our world’s leaders don’t take radical and immediate steps to reduce what we humans are emitting into the atmosphere. We are facing a global environmental crisis that is putting our lives and the lives of our children in great danger. There is still a small window of […]

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  • B2800F17-0360-FCA2-3DC2-517C6F6F5484File Tanya Tomkins March 31, 2015 Royal Blood

    Buzzworthy Brightonians channelling Zep and Pixies using the tried-and-tested two-piece format. Hometown: Brighton. The lineup: Mike Kerr (vocals, bass), Ben Thatcher (drums). The background: Although Drenge, Southern, Ruen Brothers and now Royal Blood have their own specialisms and idiosyncrasies, it would be hard to argue that they weren’t born out of an idea first formulated […]

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  • tully-exterior-lb Tanya Tomkins October 27, 2014 The Gentrification of Early Music

    Right now I am on my return flight from New York where I was teaching Phoebe Carrai’s wonderful Baroque cello students at the Historical Performance Department of Juilliard. This was a great honor and a lot of fun, and yet for me it was very disorienting. Let me explain…. It started with my elevated heart-rate […]

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  • verschleppt-die-tempi-gegen-den-zeitgeist-nikolaus-harnoncourt Tanya Tomkins October 14, 2014 I Was a Lousy Music Student

    Personally, I was never a kid who responded well to the great teachers of my instrument. I always learned best by playing with other people, listening to other people play and just being around music. Even now it is often hard for me to isolate the mechanics of cello playing divorced from a musical context. […]

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  • download Tanya Tomkins June 30, 2014 The Power of Then

    Last week I journeyed into the past. I spent a few days in Amsterdam visiting old friends, riding a bike around the city I spent fourteen years of my life in. It is now another fourteen years since I lived there.   I moved to Holland in 1984 because of a chance encounter with a […]

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  • Eleanor Tanya Tomkins April 18, 2014 Apprentices and Hiatuses

    This month marked the completion of the first two-year Apprentice Program of my house concert series, Benvenue House Music. Inadvertently, these last two years were also a time of reflection for me. For nearly half of it I was unable to a perform because of a neck injury. Oddly, it wasn’t just cello playing that […]

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  • john_coltrane_order_is_everything Tanya Tomkins March 6, 2014 Bach, the master improviser

    Recently, I judged a Bach competition for young cellists here in Berkeley. Memorization was a prerequisite for entering the competition. I found myself spending a good part of my time behind the screen with the other judges, listening to all of these wonderful, young cellists playing Bach from memory, thinking that there was something wrong […]

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  • Portland Baroque Orchestra Tanya Tomkins February 11, 2014 When It’s Not What You Think…

    I was sitting on the plane yesterday on the way back from Portland with my friend, the wonderful violinist, Carla Moore. She was reading “The End of Early Music” by Bruce Haynes. I had read a lot of this very fascinating book, but not the chapter she shared with me yesterday. It was about the […]

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  • amsterdam Tanya Tomkins December 31, 2013 Musicians and Healthcare

    Right now my partner, Eric Zivian and I are rehearsing Schumann and Brahms with Joseph Maile and Pei-Ling Lin for a concert in Occidental on January 18 and for my own house concert series on January 26th and 27th. It is a sweet time of discussing ideas, trying things out, and taking our time to […]

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  • Tanya, Eric and apprentices with Sarah Bonomo Tanya Tomkins December 4, 2013 Apprentices and Sarah Bonomo Master Messaien

    Last night I was the very proud producer of an apprentice concert. In very little time, Natalie Carducci, Gretchen Claassen, Derek Tam, joined by clarinettist, Sarah Bonomo learned and performed one of the most exciting performances of Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time I have ever heard! I also want to thank our coaches, […]

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