Duo Chamber Melange

April Concert

in memory of John North and Gwen Marks

Duo Chamber Melange

Ivana Tomášková (violin) – Tamara Smolyar (piano)

Sunday 7 April 2013, 2pm Wyselaskie Auditorium 29 College Crescent, Parkville

Meet the Artists

Duo Chamber Melange (violin and piano duo)

Duo Chamber Melange is an organic transformation of a decade long collaboration between internationally acclaimed musicians, Ivana Tomaskova (violin) and Tamara Smolyar (piano). Each of them produced numerous recordings for national and international broadcasters and performed in many prominent venues across three continents. A number of composers have written music for them as soloists and chamber musicians. Chamber Melange’s versatile repertoire embraces classical and contemporary music with recent performances of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Franck, Rachmaninov, Dvorak, Smetana, Constantinescu, Eben, Martinu and world premieres of renowned Australian and European composers. Chamber Melange has recorded for ABC Classic FM, 3MBS and recently completed a CD for the Move label that features music by Romanian and Czech composers.

Ivana Tomášková (violin) “In Ivana’s performance,… her sense of style and poetic interpretation enhances the beauty and expression of her tone’’ ( Rovnost, Czech Republic), “… virtuosity and spontaneous musicality…” (Harmonie, Czech Republic). Born in Czechoslovakia Ivana Tomášková is a graduate of the Conservatorium in Brno, the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium in Moscow and, in 1992, she completed a Master of Music degree at the Prague Music Academy. With a wide repertoire as a soloist and as member of a number of chamber music ensembles, Ivana has given concerts in many European countries, the USA, South Africa and Australia. She is actively interested in the dissemination of music by Australian and Czech composers in Australia and Europe. Ivana’s wide repertoire comprises pieces of all styles. Reviews emphasize the beauty and expressiveness of her tone, technical brilliance, and sense of style and remarkable poetic and singing features of her performances. Ivana has made numerous  radio recordings for Czech Radio and the ABC and commercial CDs on Panton, Multisonic, Arcodiva and Move labels. Ivana plays a violin made in 1770 by Sebastianus Wuzelhofer.

Tamara Smolyar (piano) “…an interpreter of great virtuosity, the suppleness, elegance and flexibility of tone …” ( Muzica, Romania),“…technically brilliant ….”(Mercury, Australia). Born to a family of four generations of musicians, Tamara represents the finest traditions of the Russian piano school. She graduated from the Kiev State Conservatorium of Music (Ukraine) and the University of Melbourne (Master Degree). She was the winner of the First Chamber Music Competition (Ukraine) and was also awarded the special prizes of Best Accompanist and Chamber Musician of Ukraine and USSR. Tamara has been in constant demand as a teacher, lecturer, adjudicator and performer. She has produced numerous recordings for national and international broadcasters, commercial CDs on Move, Vox Australis, Cantor Productions and performed in many prominent venues across three continents. A number of composers have written music for her as a soloist and a chamber musician. Tamara is Senior Lecturer in Music Performance and Coordinator of Piano, School of Music, Conservatorium, Monash University.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata in E minor for violin and piano K304


  1. Allegro
  2. Tempo di Menuetto

Sergei Rachmaninov “Oh, do not Grieve” for solo piano

(1873-1943)                  (arranged Earl Wild)

Edvard Grieg                Sonata no.2 op.13 in G Major for violin and piano


  1. Lento – Allegro vivace
  2. Allegretto tranquillo
  3. Allegro animato


Jonathan Dreyfus        Standing Behind Giants” for violin and piano


Manuel de Falla           Suite of Spanish folk songs for violin and piano


George Gershwin        “Summertime” and “It ain’t necessarily so”

(1898-1937)                    from Porgy and Bess (arranged Jascha Heifetz)

**After the concert you are invited to meet the artists over light refreshments**