Siberia who began playing at six years of age and attended Moscow’s
Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she took formal lessons with Eugenia Chugaeva.
In 1981, she graduated and took part in the International Violin
Competition, which was hosted by Munich,
Germany. She won a bronze medal at the Queen
Elisabeth Competition in Brussels,
She joined the
Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra as their concertmaster (the youngest person
to have held that position with them) and violinist and taught at the Zagreb Music Academy.
with whom she has worked include the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston
Quartet, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Dubrovnik City Orchestra, the
Dubrovnik Festival Orchestra, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Shasta
Symphony Orchestra, the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, the Split Chamber
Orchestra, and the Zagreb Soloists.
In 1986, she
made her American debut at Jordan Hall and became concertmaster and
violinist with the Boston Pops and BSO.
She has been
frequently hand-picked for solos throughout the years, picking up quickly
on film music such as Fiddler on the
Roof, as she did on 30th April 1988, under the baton of John
Williams. On 23rd
July 1988, she shared the stage with Sammy Davis, Jr., on the television
program, Evening at Pops, on
which she performed the “Meditation” from Jules
Massenet’s Thais. Before the year was out, she was honoured by the Croatian Musicians Association with
their highest accolade, the Milka Trnina.
association with the Boston Pops has led to some interesting
collaborations. On 14th
July 1991, Patti Austin and James Ingram sang “Baby, Come to
Me” in the same program that included Tamara interpreting miniatures
composed by Fritz Kreisler.
up with Tatiana Yampolsky for an evening of piano
and violin at the National Gallery’s West Garden Court in January
1992. In November 1992, she was
again tapped as the soloist for the BSO’s
performance of Paul Hindemith’s “Kammermusik”. It was a year that found her in
eclectic company on Evening at Pops
with the likes of Sarah Chang, Mark O’Connor, Bonnie Raitt, John Raitt, and Jule Styne.
1993, John Williams wound down his tenure with the Boston Pops, but he
would return many times to conduct his own music and others’. One such example was “A Night
at the Movies” at Tanglewood on 29th
August 1994, when Tamara played the violin solo on his “Main
Theme” from Schindler’s
christen the New Philharmonia Orchestra by
appearing as a guest soloist in their inaugural 1995-1996 for an
all-Tchaikovsky program that featured his “Polonaise” from Eugene Onegin,
“Symphony No. 4”, and “Violin Concerto”.
appeared on several CDs in the 1990s, including The Age of Classics:
Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Beethoven: Portrait of
a Master, The Classical Age, The Classical Age (Vol
2): Simply Classical, Fifty Enchanting Classics, Vol. 1-4,
50 Romantic Classics, Holiday Pops, Meet the Classics, Meet
the Classics: Beethoven, Romantic Enchantment, A Splash of Pops, and Williams on Williams: The Classic Spielberg Scores.
May 1999, she and the rest of the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood
Festival Chorus delivered the live world premiere of highlights from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace by John
Williams, with the composer conducting. Again, it was another variegated
evening that also featured the talents of Vic Damone
and Dianne Reeves. John and the
Boston Pops returned to Tanglewood on 1st
September 1999, when Tamara played the violin solo from David Raksin’s “Laura”.
October 1999, Tamara was the guest soloist with Greater Newburgh Symphony
Orchestra for Henryk Wieniawski’s
“Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22”, which was
sandwiched between the overture from Mikhail Glinka’s Russlan and Ludmilla
and Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90”.
She was a key
player in an all-Richard Strauss affair on 28th August 2000 that
featured her accompanying Dame Felicity Lott on the master’s
“Four Last Songs”.
The concert was rounded out by his “Horn Concerto No. 1 in E
flat” and “Symphonia Domestica”.
October 2000, Mandy Patinkin joined forces with
the Boston Pops for the Boston Symphony Hall Centennial Gala Concert. The actor-singer entertained with a
pair of medleys, “Loving You/If I Loved You” and “Singing
in the Bathtub/Barber of Seville/Singing in the Rain”.
also proven to be very quick at thinking on her feet. In January 2001, Gil Shaham was in the middle of the third movement of
Brahms’ “Violin Concerto” when one of his strings
broke. He quickly traded
violins with Tamara and continued without missing a beat. To top it off, she managed to
restring and retune his violin, handing it back to him before the end of
Ingo Metzmacher was the guest conductor in April 2001 for a
program inspired by A Midsummer
Night’s Dream. The
program comprised “Symphony No. 8” by Hans Werner Henze, “Violin Concerto in E minor” by
Felix Mendelssohn, and the overture from Grand Romantic and Fairy Opera by Carl Maria von Weber. Tamara “played” the
Fairy Queen, Titania, in the Henze
2001, Nurit Bar-Joseph, Malcolm Lowe and Tamara
were the featured soloists for Johann Sebastian Bach’s
“Concerto in D for 3 Violins” at Symphony Hall under the baton
of Seiji Ozawa.
returned to Zagreb
in 2002 and 2003 for a handful of performances, including solo violin works
by J.S. Bach at Zagreb Cathedral and the second violin concerto of Max
Bruch in tandem with Federica Cortesea and the
March 2003, she was accompanied by pianist Zadranka
Garin for a recital in the HNK Split Foyer. The audience was treated to Bela Bartok’s “Romanian Dances”, Riccardo Drigo’s
Sir Edward Elgar’s “La capricieuse
op. 17”, Alexander Glazunov’s “Meditation op. 32”,
Dora Pejacevic’s “Five
Miniatures”, Sergei Prokofiev’s “March” from A Love for Three Oranges, Anton
Rubinstein’s “Melody op. 32 no. 1”, Pablo de Sarasate’s “Guitarra”,
Tchaikovsky’s “Melody op. 42” and “Waltz-Scherzo
op. 34”, and the second movement from Wieniawski’s
aforementioned second violin concerto.
up with cellist Mihail Jojatsu
for a noon concert at Goddard Chapel in April 2003. In May 2003, the Boston Pops
reunited with John Williams for a concert of film music and Mozart,
specifically his “Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216”,
with Tamara again doing a solo turn.
The Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music took place in
July 2003. Tamara helped close
out the festivities with the Margaret Lee Crofts Concert on 21st
July at Ozawa Hall. The evening
featured “Concerto for Orchestra” by Jennifer Higdon,
“Palimpsest 1 & 2” by George Benjamin, “Summer Lightning”
by Jacob Druckman, and “Violin
Concerto” by Oliver Knussen, with Tamara as
She rejoined Mihail Jojatu for a pair of
cello-violin duos by George Frideric Handel and Zoltan Kodaly at West Cummington
Congregational Church on 4th September 2003.
In May 2004,
she and the Boston Pops did a series of concerts with John Williams, which
featured her solo work on music from Far
and Away and Fiddler on the Roof. These were followed by similar
concerts in April and May 2005.
May 2005, Tamara was a featured soloist on WCRB-FM’s
Classical Countdown, on which she performed the “Violin
Concerto” of Anton Arensky. The Presidents’ Concert took
place a day later and was attended by Boston
luminaries, Thomas Menino and Mitt Romney. In August 2005, it was back to Tanglewood for another reunion with Conductor Laureate,
John Williams. Keith Lockhart
was at the helm for the Holiday Pops concert in December 2005, with special
guest, soprano Kathryn Skemp.
March 2006, the BSO and James Levine teamed up with mezzo-soprano, Lorraine
Hunt Lieberson, at Verizon Hall. The program included Ludwig van
Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92”, Elliott
Carter’s “Three Illusions”, Peter Lieberson’s
“Neruda Songs”, and Richard Strauss’s “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28”.
It was an
all-Mozart affair in April 2006 when Tamara was one of four string soloists
who shone on “Serenata notturna”,
which was the opening act for “Symphony No. 39 in E flat”. In May 2006, she was again one of
the featured solo players for a John Williams Spectacular at Symphony Hall,
doing the heavy lifting in excerpts from Memoirs of a Geisha.
The BSO was
back at Tanglewood in August 2006 for a
performance of J.S. Bach’s “Orchestral Suite No. 3”, with
Tamara again assuming responsibility for some of the more difficult
October 2006, she was a guest artist, along with violist Michael Zaretsky, at the Palace Theatre with the New Hampshire
Philharmonic for “Sinfonia Concertante in E flat, K. 364” by Mozart on an
evening that was rounded out by “Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No.
2” by Ottorino Respighi and “Hary Janos Suite” by Zoltan
cellist Mihail Jojatu
performed Brahms’ “Double Concerto” with the New Bedford
Symphony Orchestra at the Zeiterion Performing
Arts Center on 31st March 2007. It was the centerpiece for an
evening that started with the overture from The Magic Flute by Mozart and The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky.
was on tap on 6th May 2007 when Tamara performed his “Violin
Concerto, Op. 77” with the New Symphony Orchestra in a subscription
concert that concluded with Antonin Dvorak’s
“Symphony No. 7”.
year was out, she and the rest of the Boston Quartet added a rather unusual
credit to their resumes: They
performed on Olivier Deriviere’s soundtrack
for the video game, Obscure 2.
March 2008, Daniele Gatti was the guest conductor
as the BSO offered up “Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 64” by
Robert Schumann, with Garrick Ohlsson at the keys,
and “Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47” by Dmitri Shostakovich.
Pops performed The George and Roberta Berry Supporting Organization Concert
on 28th July 2009.
Entitled “Film Night at Tanglewood”,
it featured the talents of actor Frank Langella
and Tamara, who performed the violin solos for the themes from Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Now Voyager.
was the special guest on 31st August 2009 when the Boston Pops
returned to Tanglewood for a concert that
combined his compositions with those of John Williams and other film
composers. One of the
highlights was Tamara’s solo turn on Ennio Morricone’s theme from the Italian film, Cinema Paradiso.
Obscure: The Aftermath was in stores in time for the holiday
shopping season, and again Olivier Deriviere
turned to Tamara and the Boston Quartet for string support on the
The year ended
with the annual Holiday Pops concert in December 2009. Keith Lockhart combined the sacred
with the secular in a performance that included a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”, a Merry
Sing-Along, The Christmas Story, and “The Twelve Days of Christmas”,
David Chase’s humourous take on the Christmas
The BSO rang
in the new year with guest conductor Colin Davis and soloist Nikolaj Znaider, who played
the “Violin Concerto” of Sir Edward Elgar, and their rendering
of “Symphony No. 38” (“Prague”) by Mozart.
April 2010, Julian Kuerti, their assistant conductor,
wielded the baton as they performed “Concert Romanesc”
by Gyorgy Ligeti, with
Tamara charged to play some challenging solos, “Piano Concerto No. 1
in C minor” by Shostakovich and “Symphony No. 2 in C minor”
Tamara and harpsichordist
John Gibbons, cellist Sam Ou and pianist Dina Vainshtein took part in a faculty recital in Jordan
Hall at the New England Conservatory that shone the spotlight on violist Dubravka Moshfegh on 25th
Doc Severinsen was the start of the show on 5th May
2010 when the Boston Pops were joined by him and The San Miguel Five, but
Tamara was one of the highlights of the show as she played the solo from “Jalousie”,
a Pops standard that was purportedly the first song to sell over one
A few weeks
later, the Pops were joined by Dave Brubeck, who performed several of his
own compositions, such as “The Basie Band is Back in Town”, “Blue
Rondo a la Turk”, “La Fiesta de la Posada”, “Summer
Music”, and “Take Five”. Tamara and fellow violinist Bonnie Bewick wowed the audience with their imitation of Stephane Grappelli on “Sweet
Georgia Brown” and “Skylark” to honour
the 100th birthday of his frequent collaborator, Django Reinhardt.
anniversary was celebrated in 2010, the 30th year of John
Williams’ affiliation with the Boston Pops. The evening naturally featured much
of his own music, including the aforementioned theme from Schindler’s List. Again, Tamara was tapped to play the
haunting solo passages.
The Boston Bar
Association Orchestra presented its 25th Anniversary Concert on
14th July 2010. The
festive occasion featured Tamara and fellow violinist Madina
Nepomnyashya performing Mozart’s “Concertone in C for Two Violins”, as well as Maurice
Ravel’s “Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte”, and highlights from Camelot and Les Miserables.
Michael Zaretsky appeared at Plainfield
Congregational Church for a recital of works for viola and violin by J.S.
Bach, Paul Hindemith and Bohuslav Martinu on 22nd August 2010.
August 2010, the BSO were joined by guest conductor Ludovic
Morlot and soprano Dawn Upshaw for Joseph Canteloube’s “Songs of the Auvergne” and Osvaldo Golijov’s “Three
Songs for Soprano and Orchestra”, which were bookended by Mozart’s
“Symphony No. 31 in D” (“Paris”) and Ravel’s “Ma
Mere l’Oye” (“Mother Goose”).
Evgeny Kissin was guest soloist on 31st March 2011
when John Nelson conducted the BSO at Symphony Hall. He earned his money playing not one
but two concertos, Frederic Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E
minor, Op. 11” and Edvard Grieg’s “Piano
Concerto in A minor, Op. 16”.
Tamara stood out particularly on the two other offerings on the
bill, Franz Liszt’s “Mephisto Waltz
No. 1” and his symphonic poem, “Orpheus”.
April 2011, Tamara and cellist Natasha Brofsy,
violist Roger Tapping and oboist Keisuke Wakao
played a benefit concerto at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill.
It was all
hands on deck at Symphony Hall on 21st April 2011 when Masaaki
Suzuki conducted the BSO and John Oliver conducted the Tanglewood
Festival Chorus in a performance of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion, BWV 245.
In May 2011,
the Boston Pops delivered the world premiere of John Williams’ “Concerto
for Oboe”, with the composer conducting. An Audrey Hepburn tribute featured
Tamara playing solo violin on the main theme from Sabrina.
Steven Reineke was the guest conductor and Stephanie Block and
Julie Murney were the guest vocalists at Symphony
Hall in June 2011 when the Boston Pops offered up a confection of Broadway
treats that included Tamara soloing on an instrumental rendition of “Over
the Rainbow”, which served as an introduction to three songs from Wicked.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet was the BSO’s
guest at the Tanglewood Shed from 22nd
July through 24th July with a series of Ravel concerts that
culminated with his “Ma Mere l’Oye”
(“Mother Goose”) and featured Tamara’s violin heavily in
the movements entitled “The Fairy Garden” and “Beauty and
In addition to
her extremely busy performing and recording schedule, she has also served
on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory. Her students have included Mariana
Green-Hill, Ryan MacEvoy McCullough, Lidija Peno, and Violeta Smailovic-Huart.
recently finished recording the soundtrack of the theatrical release, Phileas Fortune.
recordings on which she appears include American
Visions, Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61,
The Celtic Album, The Latin Album, Mendelssohn/Beethoven/Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos, and My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration.
Boston Pops Orchestra
With Voices Raised (Lynn
Conductor - Keith Lockhart
RCA 63516 (CD:
A Splash of Pops)