Prof. Sondra Tammam
American pianist Sondra Tammam has received enthusiastic acclaim for her performances in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Ms. Tammam’s concerts have taken her to diverse venues including Weill and Merkin Halls in New York, the Harvard Musical Association in Boston, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Goethe Institute in Casablanca.
She was the first prize winner of the Awerbuch International Competition of the NY Congress of Piano Teachers, the John Meyers Foundation Grant, and the Paderewski Foundation Competition, which awarded her debuts in Europe and New York. Other awards include the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition (NY), and the Gold Medal of the National Guild.
Ms. Tammam is the co-Director and co-Founder of the Dorothy Taubman Seminar which has held seminars in New York City from 2003 including CAMI Hall & Lincoln Center and at Temple University since 2008. She has coached with Dorothy Taubman since 1980. Ms. Tammam has served as Associate Professor at the Manhattan School of Music and as Classical Music Coordinator of the Summer Arts Institute at Rutgers University. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, where she received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees respectively on scholarship. Her teachers have included the late Edwin Hughes, Jeannette Haien, Dora Zaslavsky and Rosina Lhevinne.
As an active chamber musician, she has appeared in performances with members of the New York Philharmonic and the Audobon Quartet. She has been featured as soloist with orchestras in the United States and in Italy led by conductors including Sixten Ehrling and Nicholas Flagello. She has broadcast live on WQXR and WNYC in New York and AFN Radio in Germany, and has appeared on WCBS TV “Live” for Music Minus One, WOR and PBS - Bosendorfer Series in NYC.
She conducts master classes and lectures in the US, which have most recently included Dartmouth University (N.H.), Montclair State University(2011),Steinway Hall (Paramus, NJ, Westport CT and Naples FL), and abroad at Taichung University in Taiwan, and in 2010 at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Recent topics for her lectures/demonstrations have included “Memory-Decoding the Black and White”, “Developing Strategies for Unraveling Complexities in Passage Work” and “Selected Sonatas of Beethoven - The Pre-College Student’s Repertoire Choice”.
Ms. Tammam has presented the “Taubman Approach” to the MEANJ, the NJMTNA, NJPTG, PMTGNJ, OMTNA,PMTNA, and the Piano Teachers Congress of N.Y. at Steinway Hall. She was awarded 2 HEART grants from the State of N.J. for ensemble performances. She has appeared at numerous conventions for MTNA and adjudicated for New York début competitions of the Leschetitzky Assoc., Piano Teachers Congress, Golden Key, Music-Fest, Crescendo Competition, and Talented Young Musicians Competition among others.
She has three compact discs which includes selections of Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt on #1, Beethoven’s “Appassionata” “live” on The International Piano Festival at Williams”(Palexa) #2, and works by Mussorgsky, Schumann and Ben-Haim (Palexa)#3 . Ms. Tammam is listed in Who’s Who of American Women and is represented by Primo Artists, Ltd. The Clavier Magazine (2006) features an article she co-authored titled “The Wisdom of Dorothy Taubman”.