Ivana Tomaskova, Tamara Smolyar


Sunday November 4th 2007 2.00pm
Cnr. Punt & Moubray St (enter from Moubray St)
Mebvay Ref: 2L D10

Meet the Artists

Ivana Tomaskova comes from a family with musical tradition. She studied at the Conservatorium in Brno (under S. Tomasek) and graduated at the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium in Moscow (under M. Glezarova). In 1992 she postgraduate at the Prague Music Academy. Ivana has participated in a number of prestigious international competitions held in Italy, USA, Great Britain and South Africa where she won prizes for outstanding artistic performance. She has performed solo concertos of Bach, Vivaldi, Myslivecek, Vanhal, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Bartok and Hartmann, and has also been pursuing a chamber music career with pianists Renata Ardasevova and Tamara Smolyar, the Czech Chamber Soloists, the Trio Belle Epoque and Trio Vivace. She has given concerts in Europe, USA, South Africa and Australia and has made a number of radio recordings for the Czech Radio and the Australian ABC. Her second CD was released in 2005 in Europe. Ivana’s wide repertoire comprises pieces of all styles. The critics emphasize the beauty and expression of her tone, technical brilliance, sense of style together with remarkable poetic and singing features of her individual performance.
From 1995 she started teaching, first at the Brno Conservatorium and now she is a visiting lecturer at the Melba Conservatorium and Monash University.
The highlight of the 2006 season was a performance of Mozart Violin Concerto in G and a concert tour in Europe.

Tamara Smolyar graduated from the Kiev State College of Music, Kiev State Conservatorium of Music and The University of Melbourne, where she gained a Masters degree in performance. In the former USSR, Tamara performed nationwide in solo, concerto and chamber music recitals as well as on radio and television. She is a Laureate of the Ukrainian National Piano competition and First Ukrainian Chamber Music competition and also was awarded the title of Best Accompanist of the Ukraine and USSR.
Tamara has numerous CD, Radio and TV recordings of recitals, concerto performances and chamber music, having graced many prominent venues across Australia, Asia, and Europe.
She is a champion of new piano music particularly by Australian and Romanian composers, and this has led to a number of composers writing music for her as a soloist or in chamber music situations. An example of this performer-composer collaboration can be seen with a piano concerto being presently written by Livia Teodorescu-Ciocanea for Tamara to premiere in Bucharest next year.
Since arriving in Australia in 1990, Tamara has been in constant Tamara is Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Piano/Keyboard at the School of Music – Conservatorium at Monash University.


Bedrich Smetana – From the Home Country
Two Duos for Violin and Piano
1. Moderate
2. Andantino – Moderate – Allegro Vivo

Karel Janovicky – Quatre Impromptus
(based on Czech folk-song Carols)
1. Lento tranguillo
2. Allegretto scherzando
3. Adagio con tenerezza
4. Sostenuto – Vivace con brio – Con moto e cantabile

Bohuslav Martinu – Madrigal Stanzas
1. Moderate
2. Poco allegretto
3. Andante moderate
4. Scherzando – poco allegro
5. Poco allegro


Antonin Dvorak – Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100
Allegro risoluto Larghetto Scherzo Allegro

Josef Suk –
1. Quasi Ballade
2. Appassionato