The Los Angeles Times has praised Tamsen’s solo playing as “both intuitive and lyrical”. They described her ensemble playing as “having a unique synergy”.
Tamsen is an active soloist, chamber, studio and orchestral musician, performing over 100 concerts a year. She has given premieres of concertos, chamber music, operatic and orchestral works. Her career includes performances with such notable artists as: Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Renee Fleming, Zubin Mehta, Henryk Szeryng, Joshua Bell, James Galway, Gil Shaham and the Golabek Sisters. In addition, she has performed and recorded with popular artists: Andrea Bocelli, Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, Frank Sinatra Jr., Lalo Schifrin, Aaron Neville, Ray Charles, Diane Schuur, George Benson, Barry White, Doc Severenson, Roger Williams, Amy Grant, Frank Capp, CeCe Winans, John Cleese, June Foray and Bobby Vinton.
Tamsen is the first violinist for the Avanti String Quartet and Ensemble who were Artists in Residence at Clemson University and were selected to perform student concerts for the Coleman Chamber Music series. As a member of the Calvarola String Trio and Los Angeles Piano Trio, she was a finalist in several prestigious competitions.
Along with 20 years performing in the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Tamsen has been concertmaster of the Crystal Cathedral Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, West Coast Symphony, Los Angeles Lyric Opera, The Dream Orchestra, Antelope Valley Symphony, Inland Empire Symphony, Redlands Bowl Symphony, and Magical History Tour – A Celebration of the Beatles. She is proud to have been a member of the New West Symphony for over twenty years and has been principal second violin with the Glendale Symphony. Tamsen has also performed with the South Dakota Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, California Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra,
As a soloist she has performed with the Glendale Symphony, Claremont Symphony, West Coast Symphony, Goleta Chamber Orchestra, Crown City Symphony and Burbank Symphony.
Touring has been another creative outlet for playing her music. She has performed in many countries including, Canada, Mexico, England, Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Japan, and China.
Tamsen has taught private lessons on the violin and viola for over 40 years. Many of her students have been competition winners and gone on to become music professionals. In addition to her private teaching, Tamsen has taught at California State University Los Angeles, Cal State Fullerton, Westmont College, Shepherd University, conducted Master Classes, adjudicated competitions, and has coached several youth symphonies, and taught for the Education Through Music program.
Tamsen invented and patented the Acoustifoam Shoulder Rest which has helped hundreds of violinists, violists, cellists and harpists around the world. She is the owner of the 1780 “Hawley” J.B. Guadagnini violin, known to have been used by Louis Spohr at the premiere of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.