Acclaimed by the New York Times as “the versatile violinist who makes the music come alive” and for her “tonal mastery” (BBC Music Magazine) and “searing intensity” (American Record Guide), violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins has a dynamic career as a soloist and chamber musician. 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, Jacksonville, Tulsa, Brevard Festival, Uruguay, also recitals in cities including Paris, New York, Toronto, Washington, Chicago, Baltimore and festivals in France, Germany and Italy. Currently 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 200 Broadway performances to date, plus a new 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 with Janice Huff, NBC 4 at 5, WWFM radio and Strings Magazine among numerous other major press outlets for her role in Fiddler.
Ms. Hall-Tompkins’ recent video recording, entitled “Imagination,” has achieved over 1 Million views on Youtube to date and was featured by Chamber Music America and in Strings Magazine, which hailed the work as “Visionary…groundbreaking…sumptuous…a potent package…” A frequent collaborating partner of Grammy winning violinist/composer Mark O’Connor, Ms. Hall-Tompkins is first violinist of the O’Connor String Quartet and has performed O’Connor’s Double Violin Concerto in concerts and festivals across the United States, including Tanglewood, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Circle.
A passionate chamber musician and humanitarian, Ms. Hall-Tompkins is a member of the Florida-based Ritz Chamber Players, which has appeared at 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 homeless shelters and been featured in the New York Times.