When you meet Tawnya, ask her… Which country’s passport does she have? What is her favorite opera? Is she a hockey fan?
Canadian violist Tawnya Popoff enjoys a versatile international career as a chamber musician, soloist, and coach. In addition to being principal violist with the Vancouver Opera (Canada), she is a founding member of the Driftwood Duo, Athabasca String Trio and member of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (TX), Monadnock Music (NH), the trans-media VisionIntoArt, and the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. Ms. Popoff also has a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and has ongoing collaborations with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance in New York City.
She was a prizewinner in the 2000 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition has received two Canada Council individual artist grants, gives commanding solo recitals around North America, maintains a private studio and has served on the faculties of the Perlman Music Program, Bowdoin International Music Festival, University of Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo, and the Brandeis High School, NYC (through Young Audiences). Ms. Popoff has always been devoted and dedicated to performing music by living composers and is vitally involved in commissioning, premiering and recording works from leading composers and was a member of the Cassatt Quartet until 2006. She can be heard on the Koch, Tzadik, Albany and New World and other labels.
Tawnya Popoff’s viola was played by Boris Kroyt of the Budapest Quartet, generously loaned to her by courtesy of his grandson.
Education: BMus from UBC in Vancouver and MMus from Rice University in Houston