Biography: Kevin Tompkins

Kevin TompkinsHaving recently completed graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, violinist Kevin Tompkins is embarking on a multifaceted career with a focus on orchestral performance. At CIM, Mr. Tompkins studied with William Preucil, concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, and Stephen Rose, the orchestra’s principal second violin. Prior to attending CIM, he received his Bachelor of Music degree with High Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where his primary teacher was Charles Castleman. While an undergraduate, he served as concertmaster of the Eastman Philharmonia, the school’s top orchestra. In addition, he was selected to perform on Eastman’s Honors Chamber Music Recital and participated in the Intensive Chamber Music and Graduate Chamber Music Seminars. A fervent interest in contemporary performance led Mr. Tompkins to participate in the Lucerne Festival Academy during the summer of 2015, where he performed music of Boulez, Varèse, Kurtág, and others. He has taken part in many other festivals including Spoleto Festival USA, Aspen Music Festival and School (as a full scholarship student of Alexander Kerr), National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado College Music Festival, Round Top Festival-Institute, Brevard Music Center, and the Castleman Quartet Programs. Mr. Tompkins appears with the orchestras of Rochester (NY), Akron, Canton, and Erie, and was recently invited to perform as guest concertmaster with the Ashland (OH) Symphony during their 2016-17 season.