• 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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  • 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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  • 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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