“…Tamara Smolyar, an interpreter of great virtuosity, the suppleness, elegance and flexibility of Tamara Smolyar’s playing  unified the multiple stylistic segments….”  ( Muzica, Romania, 2008), “….technically brilliant and the interpretations truly convincing” (Mercury,Hobart,2007)

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Tamara Smolyar represents the finest traditions
of the famous Russian piano school and comes from a family with a musical background, which spans over four generations. Born in Kiev, Ukraine (former USSR), Tamara began her formal piano lessons at the age of four. She studied with renowned pedagogues -Professors O.Orlova (a pupil of  K.Mikhailov), I. Ryabov (pupil of J.Zaak), and E. Rzhanov (pupil of J.Fliere).
Tamara graduated from the Kiev State College of Music and the Kiev State Conservatorium of Music with High Honours. She participated in masterclasses with world famous pianists such as Malinin,  Nasedkin,  Berman, Nikolaeva,  Kravchenko, Topilin, Sechkin, Neilson.

In the former USSR, Tamara performed nationwide in solo,
concerto and chamber music recitals as well as on radio and television. She is a winner of First National Chamber Music Competition (Ukraine,former USSR) and also was awarded the title of Best Accompanist and Chamber Musician of Ukraine and USSR. In 1994, Tamara gained her Master in Music (Performance) from the University of Melbourne, under the guidance of  A Semetsky (pupil of E. Gilels) and Professor R. Farren-Price (pupil of C.Arrau).

Since arriving in Australia in 1990,
Tamara has been in constant demand as a teacher, lecturer, adjudicator, and performer. Tamara has numerous CDs, Radio and TV recordings for national and international broadcasters. With her recitals, concerto and chamber music performances she graced many prominent venues across Australia, Asia, Russia and Europe.  Her wide repertoire comprises pieces of many styles and this has led to a number of composers writing music for her as a soloist and a
chamber music performer.

Tamara played with many internationally renowned musicians
and conductors from Australia, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, UK, USA, Japan, Russia and Romania. She has given masterclasses at various music schools, colleges and universities in Australia, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia ,  Japan, Romania , Russia and  Singapore .  In recent years Tamara performed at the Symposium of the International Musicological Society, International Double Reed Society Conference, International Bucharest  Contemporary Music Festival, Yamaha Concert  Series, ”Steinway Spectacular” Concert Series, ”Music in the Round” Festival, Melbourne Recital Hall Local Heroes Concert Series and many others. After 15 years of a close collaboration with the violinist Ivana Tomaskova  they have established
Duo Chamber Melange in 2010.

Over more than twenty five years of teaching experience
Tamara has been fostering and developing the talents of the musicians under her tutelage to a high level of music performance. She instils in her students a solid technique and opens their ears to the vast scope of the piano literature. Tamara’s aspiration is that students develop as musicians and also become innovative studio teachers and leaders in their profession.

At present, Tamara is Senior Lecturer
in Music Performance and Coordinator of Piano and Ensemble Studies
at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University,
Melbourne, Australia