After being awarded her Bachelors degree in music from City University, London and an LRAM and Diploma in Advanced Performance studies (Cello) performance from the Royal Academy of Music, Tonia started her career working for several major London advertising agencies, including WCRS, JWT and McCann Erickson.

Having acquired valuable industry experience, she embarked on a career in the Classical record industry, initially with Polygram Classics, Philips Classics and then Warner Classics.

From there she went into music publishing, becoming a Composer Manager for Chester Music, working with many of the UK’s leading composers, including Michael Nyman, Geoffrey Burgon and Richard Rodney Bennett. After a spell as an Artist Manager for the international artist management company Clarion/Seven Muses she returned to the record industry to run the UK promotions and media department for the iconic German record label ECM New Series.