Arnie Tanimoto is equally at home playing various members of the viola da gamba family, as well as both modern and baroque cello. He is the firstever viola da gamba major at The Juilliard School, where he has soloed on both viola da gamba and baroque cello. Described by The New York Times as a “fine instrumental soloist” Arnie has performed with some of the countries leading period ensembles, including the Boston Early Music Festival Ensemble, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Parthenia. He has participated in classes and coachings with notable artists, like William Christie, Anner Bylsma, Richard Egarr, and Christopher Hogwood. Arnie is an advocate for the viola da gamba, and can be found givin lecture demonstrations and premieres of new works for the instrument around the country. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.) and the Eastman School of Music (M.M). He currently resides in New York City, where he is pursuing a Master in Historical Performance at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Sarah Cunningham.