Saskia Tomkins

Saskia Tomkins


Saskia is teaching Viola Technique and leading Balfolk.

"Saskia was engaging, helpful, informative, and supportive." Participant, 2016 LFM camp

"I learned so much from Saskia in one short week: she has rock-solid classical skills and the broader perspective of someone who also has a huge amount of experience with world and folk music." Participant, 2016 LFM camp

Saskia is from England, started violin at age 7, fell in love with fiddling at 12, then began busking and playing with country and Irish bands, in chamber groups and in orchestras. She completed a Jazz degree at Middlesex University and began playing viola. The next years were spent touring with bands and theatre companies, recording on albums for singer-songwriters, and teaching.

Random stories from this time: Saskia toured with The English Shakespeare Company; played viola on Uriah Heep's 30th anniversary concert and DVD; performed in a large shed on the Bulgarian/Greek/Turkish border as part of a historic peaceful gathering between Roma (Gypsies) and other ethnic groups; discovered the Nyckelharpa; strummed mandolin in The Royal Albert Hall for Mahlers 7th Symphony; mimed to William Orbit's piano tracks at an Athens music festival; performed a new work for septet and washing machine cycle while sitting on laundromat dryers.

Saskia moved to Canada in 2007 with her musician husband and 3 children and lives near Cobourg. She works at 4th Line Theatre and is principal viola in the Northumberland Orchestra (NOC). Saskia has 3 regular bands: Celtic trio ‘Cairdeas,’ acoustic-fusion duo ‘2ish’ (albums on iTunes) and ‘Clan Hannigan’ with her family. She recently formed a gypsy jazz trio and is viola player for pianist Robert Horvath’s occasional septet.

Saskia’s website and the 2ish website.

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