Tara Guram (b. 1971):
Initially a geneticist, Tara was subsequently a prize-winning postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Edwin Roxburgh. Her music has been played throughout Britain, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 & BBC Sounds, recorded with Sargasso Records, published in the Compendium Musicae Flauta 2020, and performed in Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, France and Jordan.
Previous commissions have included pieces for the Brighton Festival, the International Harp Festival, and the Sound and Image Festival in Bonn. Tara has won several composition prizes including the U.K. and Eire Composition Platform 2002 Audience Prize, and was a finalist for the Young Composer’s Award in 2000.
In the past couple of years, Tara's piano miniature Cul-de-Sac was premiered online by concert pianist Maria Marchant, and she received a commission from the flute and piano duo Animo. Animo premiered Tara's Requiem in London in 2021, and have recorded and released it: https://www.animofluteandpiano.co.uk/new-releases/
Tara has collaborated with the wonderful concert pianist Anna Kislitsyna, who will premiere Tara's Piano Sonata in June 2022 at Carnegie Hall. Anna has recorded it for her album of contemporary, solo piano works, Piano Spectrums for Navona Records, released in April 2022. Tara’s Sonata for Solo Viola written in 2021, has just been recorded by renowned violist Peter Sulski for PARMA Recordings, for release this year, also with Navona Records. Peter plans to premiere this work in the U.S.A. and in Britain later this year.
Tara has recently started to write music for media. Her piece, Elegy for prepared piano and tape, was broadcast by the annual temporary art radio station Radiophrenia, during their festival this February. She has been signed to the production music company Media Tracks, and is currently writing and recording her debut albums for them, for release this year. Tara's work Hesychia for violin & electronics, which she also performed, has been chosen by MNC Recordings to feature in their NMC Lockdown Music Platform for release this April.
Tara also works as an upper strings teacher for Hertfordshire Music Service.
"The Sonata for Solo Viola has the look of a real tour de force for viola, utilising all its range and tonal possibilities." Peter Sulski
"It was great working with Tara! Recently I recorded Tara’s Piano Sonata in three movements for my new solo CD with PARMA Recordings. I love the variety of harmonic language, creativity, deep emotional context, contrasting ideas, and very detailed score of Tara’s composition. Her Piano Sonata is a great combination of unique ideas and traditional elements. I believe Tara’s music would be a beautiful addition to any concert and I am looking forward to performing her Piano Sonata at my Carnegie Hall solo recital soon.
Dr. Anna Kislitsyna,