Kelly Hall-Tompkins

Violin

Kelly Hall-Tompkins Photo: Gregory Routt

Kelly Hall-Tompkins fell in love with the violin when she was nine years old and has been playing it ever since. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, her first exposure to classical music was from watching Warner Brothers cartoons, growing up in the Lutheran Church, and going on field trips to hear the local symphony. Now, Ms. Hall-Tompkins plays concerts all over the world, and she is even featured in the Smithsonian Museum for African-American History! In addition to her passion for classical music, Ms. Hall-Tompkins also has a passion for languages—she can speak a total of eight languages. This comes in handy not only when she is traveling for performances, but also when helping foreign tourists in New York City, where she currently lives.