William Skeen regularly performs with American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque in the Bay Area, and Musica Angelica in Los Angeles. He also has appeared as solo cellist with the Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle baroque orchestras. Mr. Skeen is a notable and frequent continuo cellist at major American opera houses such as Chicago Opera and San Diego Opera. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Southern California, Skeen has gone on to join the faculty at USC, where he has taught baroque cello and viola da gamba since 2000. In addition, he performs with the New Esterházy Quartet, El Mundo, Galanterie, and La Monica, which he co-founded in 1999. William is associate principal cellist of the Stockton Symphony and was, for seven seasons, a member of the Carmel Bach Festival orchestra. He has recorded for Koch, Delos, BIS, Hannsler, Sono Luminus, and Pandore records. Mr. Skeen makes his home in the Berkeley Hills with his wife Ondine, and two children, Talia and Liam.
Cellist Tanya 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 also performs with the American Bach Soloists, the Oregon Bach Festival, Music in the Vineyards Festival, 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. This season Ms. Tomkins is performing and recording all of the Bach Cello Suites on baroque cello. 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.