Selected Press Clips

distant sitting “It is not easy to give a distinctive performance of Bach’s 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:  “Cellist Tanya Tomkins plays Bach at the Library of Congress” April 2012


Tanya talks to Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle about performing Beethoven, May 21, 2014


“If the evening had one star, however, it was cellist Tanya Tomkins, who played the Concerto in D Minor by Johann Heinrich Facius. She deftly handled the technical fireworks of the outer movements…But she displayed her artistry most prominently during a flawless rendition of the Romance, the concerto’s second movement, squeezing every drop of expression out of its juicy lines.”

San Francisco Classical Voice: “Philharmonia Baroque’s Rollicking Russian Romp” November 2013

Zivian-Tomkins Duo

With Eric Zivian:

“The spare aspect of the piano in this work allowed Tomkins’ musical charms to bloom, especially in the final movement, where runs from the top of the neck to the bottom were tackled with surety — each note radiant, resplendent, and clear.”

San Francisco Classical Voice: “Eric Zivian’s Painterly Pianism” May 2014



“The second all-professional concert featured Tanya Tomkins on her 1780 English cello, in a solo suite by Bach; two fine sonatas by Vivaldi and Jean-Baptiste Barrière … and—the hit of the evening—a full consort of seven strings for C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto No. 3 in A Major, transcribed from harpsichord to cello.”

The Wall Street Journal: “A Boost to the Country’s Early Music-Capital” August 2013


Tanya on AllClassical radio:




“Tanya Tomkins has got something to add to the Bach Cello Suites…”

 San Francisco Classical Voice: “The Irresistible Flame: Bach Cello Suites” June 2011


“Tanya Tomkins recently delighted new and longtime SFCV fans with a ‘musical conversation’ held in a delightfully intimate space in the downtown area of San Francisco, where she played selections from Bach’s Cello Suites. So it’s no stretch to report that her Bach playing is at a level of deep-seated feeling and communion that most players can only dream of.”

DSC_0199San Francisco Performances, Preview April 2012


Tanya in Alaska, talking about and playing Bach on her cello:

Tanya on TV


“She has that rare instinct for knowing the right millisecond for placing a note or adding a second string. She could vary interpretations when repeating a section. And she’s both a baroque and modern cellist, bringing a kind of cross-cultural richness to her playing. She studied and played for 14 years in Holland, where the Dutch masters taught her, but now she has a voice and style of her own: very clean, rhythmically alive, rich and transparent, unforced but expressively powerful. It was a superb performance.”

Crosscut Public Media, Review October 2010


“Acclaimed cellist Tanya Tomkins is equally at home with early music, the classics, and contemporary compositions…”

Cellist Tanya Tomkins: Suite Phase of Life, San Francisco Classical Voice, November 2010




With the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble:

“Tomkins joined pianist Eric Zivian in an exuberant performance. The introduction took featured hearty melodies by Tomkins, the Polonaise clicked with virtuosic flourishes by Zivian, and the musical dialogue passed back and forth with an easy joy.”

 San Francisco Classical Voice: “Angels Arrive with the Left Coast,” June 3, 2013


Reviews of JS Bach: Six Cello Suites Recording (Avie):


“There are moments of genius in the demanding Sixth Suite…Her performances are characterful and heartfelt…”

Gramphone Magazine Review, June 2011


“A strong recording all around of these often-played suites, with original contributions.”

AllMusic, Review by James Manheim


With the Benvenue Pianoforte Trio:benvenue1-540x411

“To hear Schumann played on period instruments seems a rare occurrence, but this inscription…bears listening, especially for the relative clarity of the melodic lines…The graduated entries of the sizzling Finale: Vivace ripple with rhythmic drive and tonal bite…Even more of a balance, the scale of this performance manages a robust energy of the concert hall fused to the musing interiority of the salon, quite a sophisticated achievement, I dare say.”


Audiophile Audition, January 2012


All Things Strings: 5 Minutes with Tanya Tomkins


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