The Zivian-Tomkins Duo is a San Francisco chamber music ensemble
specializing in music performed on period instruments.
Extremely versatile, with experience in the Baroque, classical, and modern
playing styles, Zivian and Tomkins are dedicated to the text of the music they
This has brought them together to explore the classical repertoire on the
instruments for which the music was composed.
After winning an international competition, they were awarded the production
costs for their first CD, an all-Beethoven recording on original instruments.
The duo performs well known and lesser known works, bringing an exciting
combination of mastery and expression to their audiences.
They are proud to be on the cutting edge of the original instrument movement
that seeks to rejuvenate the music of the past by rediscovering some of its
Tanya Tomkins studied at the University of Southern California with Gabor Rejto
and went on to receive her bachelor of fine arts degree from the California
Institute of the Arts as a student of Ron Leonard. She moved to Holland to study
with the cellist Anner Bijlsma and in 1987 earned a soloist's diploma at the
Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Inspired by Mr. Bijlsma, Tomkins became
interested in the performance of music on original instruments. As a member of
the Trio d'Amsterdam (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. She has performed
and recorded with orchestras such as The Classical Band (Sony), La Petite Bande
(Harmonia Mundi), La Stagione Frankfurt (Harmonia Mundi), the Netherland Bach
Society, Ensemble Bouzignac (Vanguard) and L'Orchestre des Champs-Elysees under
the direction of Philip Hereweghe (Harmonia Mundi).
During the fourteen years Tanya Tomkins was living in Holland, she was primarily
active as a chamber musician, performing throughout Europe and the United States
to critical acclaim. For five years she played with the award-winning Euridice
Quartet. The quartet recorded a CD of the string quartets by Ravel and Debussy
(Vanguard). She has also recorded a CD of French Impressionist music with the
Renoir Ensemble, a harp quintet specializing in 20th century music. She has
performed with the Amsterdam-based SoLaRe String Trio throughout Europe, the
U.S., and Israel.
Tomkins has been invited to play in many chamber music festivals throughout
Europe and the U.S., including the Amsterdam Chamber Music Society, Rondje
Romantiek and the Moab Chamber Music Festival in Utah. She has appeared as a
chamber musician at the 92nd Street Y in New York and has played numerous times
in the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal as a recitalist and in chamber music concerts.
She is currently a member of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra with whom she
has appeared as a soloist, and she performs regularly with the American Bach
Soloists. In 2001, she was the winner of the international Bodky Competition for
Early Music Soloists. Currently, she is performing in recitals across the United
States as the cellist in the Tomkins-Zivian Duo, a San Francisco chamber music
ensemble specializing in music performed on period instruments.
Eric Zivian was born in Michigan and grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he
attended the Royal Conservatory of Music. After receiving a diploma there, he
left home at age 15 to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received a
Bachelor of Music degree. He went on to receive graduate degrees from the
Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music. He studied piano with Marina
Geringas, Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin. He attended the Tanglewood Music
Center as a performer in 1988 and 1989, studying chamber music with Gilbert
Kalish, Peter Serkin, Joel Krosnick, and others. He has won numerous prizes for
young pianists, including the Charles Miller/Sergei Rachmaninoff Award upon
graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Grace B. Jackson Award for
Outstanding Achievement and Notable Contributions to the Program as a Whole at
the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Eric Zivian has appeared as a soloist in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and the
San Francisco Bay area. He has performed Mozart and Beethoven concertos with the
Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Santa Rosa
Symphony and the Festival Orchestra at "Music in the Mountains" in Grass Valley.
Recently, he has begun performing on original instruments, and he owns two
period fortepianos. He is a member of the Zivian-Tomkins Duo, a fortepiano-cello
duo that has performed in San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, San Rafael,
Berkeley, Davis, Boston and Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the Left
Coast Chamber Ensemble and has performed with the Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay,
and Alternate Currents. He is a frequent guest artist on the San Francisco
Conservatory's faculty chamber music series. Sports football betting appEric Zivian can also be found as a solo artist on Magnatune.
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