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  • October 1, 2017

Bach & Beethoven: violoncellist Tanya Tomkins and fortepianist Tamara Friedman

Bach & Beethoven

Internationally acclaimed violoncellist Tanya Tomkins and fortepianist Tamara Friedman explore the rich repertoire of Johann Sebastian Bachs Suites for Solo Cello and Ludwig van Beethovens Sonatas and Variations for cello and piano.

“a cellist with a very special and unusual intensity”   NRC Handelsblad (The Netherlands)

“a performer who combines an intense dramatic fire with Apollonian poise.”   Cleveland Plain Dealer

“It is not easy to give a distinctive performance of Bachs 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


Beethoven, Variations on Mozarts Bei Männer welche Liebe fühlen” from The Magic Flute, WoO 48

Bach, Violoncello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010                        

Beethoven, Six Bagatelles, op. 126

Beethoven, Sonata No. 2 in G minor for Piano and Violoncello, Op. 5 no. 2                


TANYA TOMKINS, a virtuoso on both the Baroque and modern cello, is equally at home playing a J. S. Bach cello suite in an intimate house concert or anchoring the cello section of the internationally renowned Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra on concert stages around the world.  

Inspired by Anner Bylsma, with whom she studied, Tanya became interested in the performance of music on original instruments and particularly music of the Baroque period.  In 1987 she earned a soloists diploma at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.  As a founding member of the Trio dAmsterdam, with clarinetist Eric Hoeprich and fortepianist Stanley Hoogland, she made a New York debut at the Frick Collection, which was recorded for National Public Radio and also appeared in Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series in 1996. The trio recorded a CD for Koch.

In 2001 Tanya won the Erwin Bodky Competition for early music soloists in Boston  the first cellist to be awarded the prize.  As a performer of Baroque music, she serves as co-principal cellist of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and the Portland Baroque Orchestra.  She has been featured as soloist with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the American Bach Soloists, the Oregon Bach Soloists, the Mozart Festival in San Luis Obispo, California, at an early music festival in Paradise, Montana, with acclaimed English Baroque violinist Monica Huggett, and at the Göttingen Handel Festival.

Tanya has performed and recorded with such orchestras as the Nederlkandse Bachvereiniging, the Ensemble Bouzignac (Vanguard), The Classical Band (Sony), and La Petite Bande, La Stagione Frankfurt, and L’Orchestre des Champs-Elysees under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi).

As part of the Zivian-Tomkins Duo, Tanya collaborates with pianist and fortepianist Eric Zivian on both modern and original instruments, and she is also a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the San Francisco String Trio.

Here Tanya interviewed by NW Previews: http://tanyatomkins.com/press-interviews/

Lister to her play Bach: http://tanyatomkins.com/album-music/six-suites/

Pianist TAMARA FRIEDMAN, praised for the depth, wit, and humor of her performances (Seattle Times), attended the Oberlin Conservatory and received her masters degree from the Mannes College of Music (NYC). She has collaborated with such artists as Stanley Ritchie, Jaap Schröder, and Max van Egmond, and appears with violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock as Duo Amadeus.  In the Pacific Northwest she has performed on the Seattle Camerata, Allegro Baroque and Beyond, Belle Arte, Early Music Guild, Gallery Concerts, and Mostly Nordic series and for the Governors Chamber Music Festival.  

Tamara has been the featured performer in early piano workshops for Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) and the Western Early Keyboard Association, and maintains a private studio in Seattle, where she teaches modern piano and fortepiano on her collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century keyboard instruments, which is on display at SEKM – !the Seattle Early Keyboard Museum.  She spends her summers in Bath, Maine, where she also has a group of historic pianos and performs on the Kennebec Early Music Festival.

Listen to Tamara perform Clementi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iIrBWKV1nk

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  • Bach & Beethoven: violoncellist Tanya Tomkins and fortepianist Tamara Friedman

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