Kelly Hall-Tompkins, First Concertmaster
Kelly Hall-Tompkins is a violinist highly in demand, with a dynamic career that spans solo, chamber and orchestral appearances. Ms. Hall-Tompkins was the winner of a 2003 Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize as well as a Concert Artists Guild Career Grant in 1996, leading to numerous solo recitals. In 2007 she was invited by Mia Farrow and conductor George Matthew to be soloist for a Benefit for the Victims of Darfur, hosted by Ms. Farrow at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Hall-Tompkins has appeared as soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Greenville Symphony and many other ensembles, and her recital performances have been featured on the McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase on WQXR and WFMT Chicago. Her solo performances also include the National Academy of Sciences, Dame Myra Hess Series and at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina.
Ms. Hall-Tompkins is a member of the Ritz Chamber Players, which is in residence at Jacksonville’s Times Union Center, and has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Madison Festivals and featured on NPR, BBC Radio, WNYC and WFMT Chicago. In addition, she has performed at Bargemusic. Ms. Hall-Tompkins has performed at many major festivals, including Tanglewood, Aspen, American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Spoleto Festival and at the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Ms Hall-Tompkins has also served as grant panelist for The Massachusetts Cultural Council and Chamber Music America.
Ms. Hall-Tompkins’ distinguished orchestral career has included extensive touring with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and in Japan, Singapore and Scotland. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic under conductors Masur, Slatkin, Previn, Dutoit, Gergiev and others. She is the concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New York and in 1999 joined the First Violin section of the New Jersey Symphony.
In 2005 Ms. Hall-Tompkins founded and now directs Music Kitchen – Food for the Soul, a charity series that brings chamber music to homeless shelters in New York City. She has presented more than 30 concerts with artists including Emanuel Ax and Albrecht Mayer, and has been featured in Chamber Music America Magazine, Spirituality and Health Magazine and the Hallmark Channel.
A native of South Carolina, Ms. Hall-Tompkins earned a MM degree from the Manhattan School of Music under Glenn Dicterow, and served as concertmaster of the school’s orchestras. She earned a BM with honors in violin performance from the Eastman School, where she won the prestigious Performer’s Certificate Competition.