• 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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  • 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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  • Tanya Tomkins September 15, 2013 When Music is More Dangerous Than Skydiving

    I just got back yesterday from performing at the Moab Music Festival in Utah. During the final week I was surrounded by violinists in their early 20’s, one more virtuosic than the next. One of these impressive musicians made an interesting observation. After skydiving for the first time in Moab, he proclaimed that playing a […]

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  • Tanya Tomkins July 12, 2013 Adventures in Baroque Cello: From Bach to Barriere

    I am playing the last concert tonight with Monica Huggett and a scaled down version of the Portland Baroque Orchestra. We are finishing an Oregon tour for the Oregon Bach Festival tonight in Eugene, and then I drive back to the Bay Area to get ready for next weekend’s recital for the ABS Summer Academy. […]

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  • Tanya Tomkins June 5, 2013 United Kingdom of Cellos

    Monday night at San Francisco Conservatory I played in the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s “Cello  Squared” program. The backstage area was as entertaining as the onstage area — think a circus, or the movie Topsy Turvy (if you haven’t seen it, and you are at all interested in the behind-the-scenes of a production, you must […]

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  • Tanya Tomkins March 23, 2013 Left Coast explores Schumann…

    Years ago I went to an exhibit of Manet in London. It was an experience I won’t forget as much for the paintings by other artists connected with Manet as for the Manet paintings themselves. I really liked getting to know the artist  in this way, through the influences and friends surrounding his life. It […]

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  • Tanya Tomkins March 20, 2013 Bach at Live at Mission Blue

    Thanks to Kevin Fryer’s series in Brisbane, Live at Mission Blue, the Bay Area has a gorgeous, small recital hall that is perfect for solo instruments. The other night, as part of the complete Bach Cello Suites concerts there, I shared the stage with two great friends and musicians, Marc Teicholz and Jodi Levitz. I […]

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