MUSICIAN. TEACHER. PERFORMER
Tamara began her violin studies at the age of 3 with her father but soon moved to Betty Haag’s Suzuki School. She had her first encounter performing the Bach Double Violin Concerto in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall at the age of 7. She later studied with Jacques Israelievitch and David Moll of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Admitted into Indiana University’s School of Music, Tamara studied with Franco Gulli, renowned teacher Joseph Gingold, and received her pedagogy training from Mimi Zweig. After completing her master’s degree in 1990, Tamara won the Rose Faye Thomas Centennial Award which resulted in another performance at Orchestra Hall and many other performances around the Chicagoland area. She has been a member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony and the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Wachala Flute trio, and currently performs regularly with Stringsound Ensembles.
It was during her studies with Mimi Zweig that Tamara became interested in teaching. As she discovered how to overcome her own technical and performance challenges, her passion for teaching grew. Tamara has taught advanced violin for the Barrington Suzuki School as well as the Northwest Indiana Suzuki School. Since 2001, she has maintained her own private studio in Chesterton, IN with between 30-40 students, ages 3-20, several pursuing performance degrees and careers with reputable orchestras.