Dr. Tamara Smolyar (Australia)

Concert pianist
Piano Faculty at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, Australia
Founding member of Duo Chamber Melange

Concert pianist
Former Head of Piano,Senior Lecturer, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University (1994-2018)
Piano Faculty at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, Australia
Founding member of Duo Chamber Melange


 “…Tamara Smolyar, an interpreter of great virtuosity,….the suppleness, elegance and flexibility of Tamara Smolyar playing  unified the multiple stylistic segments….(Australia)

“….technically brilliant and the interpretations truly convincing….” (Romania)

‘’ The technical excellence of the performer is evident in her scrupulous attention to note values, pauses, dynamics and mood – and the result is music that is as pleasing as it is technically correct. At all times in this programme is the intention of the composer respected, neither performer ever presuming to impose her influence on the work. True artistry.’’ (Schimmel international)

‘’….Tamara Smolyar, who often collaborates with the composer, is the perfect pianist, able to create stretches of supreme beauty from her instrument (caught in an equally impressive recording)….one has to praise  pianists here for the strength and power of their vision and also for their technical security; throughout, one feels in the safest of hands.’’ (Fanfare magazine, five stars rating,Toccata Classics)

 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, Tamara began her formal piano lessons at the age of four. She studied with Professors Olga Orlova (pupil of  K.Mikhailov), Igor Ryabov (pupil of J. Zaak), Yuri Lotakov (pupil of V.Topilin) 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

  1. Malinin, A. Nasedkin, L. Berman,T. Nikolaeva, T. Kravchenko, V. Topilin, V. Sechkin,V.Neilson and E.List. 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) and also was awarded the special Prizes of Best Accompanist and Chamber Musician of Ukraine and USSR.

In 1994, Tamara gained her Master in Music (Performance) from the University of Melbourne, where she studied with A Semetsky (pupil of E. Gilels) and Professor R. Farren-Price (pupil of C.Arrau).

In January 2019, she gained PhD in Music Performance from Monash University.Since arriving in Australia in 1990, Tamara has been in constant demand as a teacher, lecturer, adjudicator,examiner and performer. Tamara has numerous Radio and TV recordings for national and international broadcasters, commercial CD’s on Move, Vox Australis, Cantor Productions, Schimmel International Artists Collection and Toccata Classics.

With her recitals, concerto and chamber music performances she graced many prominent venues across Australia, Asia, Europe, New Zealand and Russia. 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 internationally renowned musicians and conductors from Australia, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, UK, USA, Japan ,Kazakstan, Switzerland, Russia and Romania. She has given masterclasses at various music schools, colleges and universities in Russia, Australia, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, Italy, Singapore and Romania. Performance highlights are : Melbourne Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Queensland Concert Hall, Symposium of the International Musicological Society, International Double Reed Society Conference, International Bucharest  Contemporary Music Festival, Atheneum Theatre Philharmonic  Concert series (Romania),Yamaha Concert  Series, ”Steinway Spectacular” Concert Series,  Outstanding Young  Australian musicians tour in China (Music director), ”Music in the Round” Festival, Melbourne Recital Hall Local Heroes Concert Series just to name a few.

She was a member of the Board of Jury for Piano National Award Competition (Australia,2010), First Indonesia- Pusaka International Piano Competition (Indonesia, 2011),Enkor International Competition , ILT National Young Performer Competition (PACANZ, New Zealand, 2012 and 2018) ,Conero International competition (Australian devision) as well as at many Australian Competitions and Eisteddfods.

Tamara is a Founding Member of the nationally and internationally recognised chamber music ensemble Duo Chamber Melange with internationally renowned violinist Ivana Tomaskova.

Over more than 35 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 as well as innovative studio teachers and leaders in their profession.

Tamara raised a number of piano students who become winners of national and international competitions.

The success of her approach is evidenced by the fact, that a number of Tamara’s former students now hold positions as pianists and teachers both nationally and internationally.

From 1994 to 2018, Tamara was a Senior Lecturer in Music Performance and from 1998 to 2018 (20 years) was a Head of Piano at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Currently, Tamara is a member of the Piano Faculty at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, Australia.