Biography - Kelly Hall-Tompkins
Sphinx Medals of Excellence
Jury Member 2013
Acclaimed by the New York Times as “the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive” and for her “tonal mastery” (BBC Music Magazine), violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins has a dynamic career as a soloist and chamber musician. Featured as the, “Fiddler”/ violin soloist, for the Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” The New York Times hailed Ms. Hall-Tompkins in a feature article as holding the title role, together with dancer Jesse Kovarsky. Featured as soloist in over 400 Broadway performances, plus a cast album alongside a bonus track by Itzhak Perlman, Ms. Hall-Tompkins has been the featured subject on NBC’s Today Show with Harry Smith, NBC 4 New York, WWFM radio and Strings Magazine among numerous other major press outlets for her role in Fiddler.
Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize, Ms. Hall-Tompkins has appeared as soloist in all 3 halls at Carnegie and with the Symphonies of Dallas, Oakland, Jacksonville, Tulsa, Brevard Festival, Uruguay, also recitals in cities including Paris, New York, Toronto, Washington, Chicago, Baltimore and festivals in France, Germany and Italy. Ms. Hall-Tompkins’ recent video recording, entitled “Imagination,” has achieved over 1 Million views on You Tube to date and was featured by Chamber Music America and in Strings Magazine, which hailed the work as “Visionary…groundbreaking…
A passionate chamber musician and humanitarian, Ms. Hall-Tompkins is a member of the Ritz Chamber Players, which has appeared on Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series, The Allen Room at Lincoln Center, and WQXR’s “Soundcheck.” Ms. Hall-Tompkins is also the founder and President of Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul, which has, to date, brought over 80 chamber music performances to New York City and Los Angeles homeless shelters and been featured in the New York Times. .” Kelly Hall-Tompkins was the recipient in 2016 of an Honorary Doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music and also delivered the commencement address.