Tamara Smirnova
violin | Russian Federation, °1958
 
VIOLIN 1985 : Seventh Prize
Born in 1958 in Siberia, Tamara Smirnova is associate concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster of the Boston Pops Orchestra. She started playing the violin at the age of six and graduated in 1981 from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she studied with Eugenia Chugaeva. Upon completing her studies she moved to Zagreb, where she soon became concertmaster of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the youngest concertmaster in the history of that ensemble. While in Zagreb, she won acclaim for her numerous solo recitals and solo appearances with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, Zagreb Soloists, and Dubrovnik City Orchestra, among others. She has also appeared with orchestras in the Soviet Union and concertized in Czechoslovakia, West Germany, Belgium, and Great Britain. A Bronze Medalist in the 1985 Queen Elisabeth Competition, Tamara Smirnova performs regularly at the Bubrovnik Summer Festival and is a laureate of the annual award of the Croatian Musicians Association for 1988, "Milka Trnina". In November 1986 she made her acclaimed American recital debut at Jordan Hall with a benefit performance for Project STEP (String Training and Educational Programs for Students of Color). She has performed regularly as a concerto soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra and many other New England orchestras, as well as throughout California. In November 1989 she made her first BSO appearances as a concerto soloist during the orchestra's subscription season. Tamara Smirnova has recorded for Jugoton and has been a lecturer at the Music Academy in Zagreb.
Audio
Program
Final (27/05/1985)
Jean-Marie Simonis Cantilène op. 39
Johannes Brahms Sonata n. 2 in A major op. 100
Sergey Rachmaninov Concerto n. 2 in C minor op. 18
Tamara Smirnova, violin
National Orchestra of Belgium, dir. Georges Octors
Dora Milanova, pianist accompanist
Semi-final (13/05/1985)
Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata in E major op. 27/6
Daniel Capelletti Cariatides
Camille Saint-Saëns Introduction et rondo capriccioso in A minor op. 28
Paul Hindemith Sonata for solo violin op. 31/2
Tamara Smirnova, violin
Dora Milanova, pianist accompanist
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