Saskia Tomkins moved to Ontario in 2007 with her family from the UK, bringing with them a wealth of musical talent and experience. Her musical abilities on bowed strings are wide ranging, from classical to celtic, to django-jazz, to songwriter accompaniment. She has played with countless artists in many genres, including Uriah Heep’s 30th anniversary concert, improvising with dancers at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and learning cello for Michael Bogdanov and the English Shakespeare Company. She has recorded on over 60 albums for other artists and several with her own groups.
In Canada, Saskia has worked at 4th Line Theatre for 10 years. She was commissioned to co-write the music with Steafan Hannigan for Driving Miss Daisy at The Capitol Theatre, Port Hope. She is principal second violin in the Quinte Symphony Orchestra, plays in the Celtic trio “Cairdeas”, the Django Jazz trio “Hot Club 3” and the instrumental duo “2ish” (who have 2 albums on iTunes). She also performs with her husband and 3 children as “Clan Hannigan”.
Saskia is a well respected teacher of the violin and viola - both private and group lessons, and loves to play at parties and weddings!