Cellist Tanya Tomkins is known for her “very clean, rhythmically alive, rich and transparent, unforced but expressively powerful playing.”

Ms Tomkins returned to the United States in 1998 after living in Holland for 14 years, where she toured and recorded extensively as a chamber musician. The first cellist ever to win the international Bodky Competition for Early Music Soloists, she is equally at home on baroque and modern instruments and has performed on many chamber music series to critical acclaim, including at the Frick Collection, Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, San Francisco Performances, and the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal.

Currently one of Philharmonia Baroque and Portland Baroque’s principal cellists, she has performed as soloist with both orchestras, including in the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Colin Jacobsen and Eric Zivian, featured on Philharmonia’s season’s highlights CD. She has performed on many chamber music festivals, including Umea, Sweden, the Oregon Bach Festival, Music in the Vineyards, Olympic Chamber Music Festival, and the Moab Chamber Music Festival. She is a member of the Tomkins-Zivian Duo, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio with English violinist, Monica Huggett  and Mr. Zivian. The Trio has recorded Mendelssohn and Schumann for the Avie label.This season Ms. Tomkins is performing and recording all of the Bach Cello Suites on baroque cello, including an appearance at The Library of Congress of all six Suites in one day. She also organizes a series of house concerts in Berkeley and Marin County. Tanya is currently on the faculty of the American Bach Soloists Summer Academy and San Jose State University.

Tanya Tomkins will be performing J. S. Bach’s Suites for solo cello on the SFEMS Concert Series this coming November.