• 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • Tanya Tomkins October 10, 2013 My Musical Journey to St. Petersburg

    In November, I am playing the American premiere of a Classical cello concerto by the little-known composer Johann Facius with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. The conductor Steven Fox discovered the Facius manuscript as well as other interesting Russian pieces from the 18th and 19th Centuries for the concerts. They are calling the series “Music From […]

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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 February 10, 2013 That Takes GUTS!

    Last week I went to a concert of friends and colleagues at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. It was under the auspices of Jean-Michel Fonteneau’s faculty recital. It was disorienting in the best sense. Some of the modern string faculty plus two modern alumni were playing a concert on….. yes… gut strings! Some of […]

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