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.
After a prolonged break from actively seeking composing opportunities for 15 years, (but definitely not from composing!) 2020 saw an online premiere of Tara's piano miniature Cul-de-Sac by concert pianist Maria Marchant, and a commission from the flute and piano duo Animo. Animo have premiered Tara's Requiem this July (2021), and recorded and released it to buy or stream: https://www.animofluteandpiano.co.uk/new-releases/
This year Tara has worked with Street Orchestra Live to create a piece for their Ravi Shankar at 101 project. She is also collaborating with concert pianist Anna Kislitsyna, who plans to premiere Tara's Piano Sonata next year at Carnegie Hall, and has recorded it for her upcoming album of solo piano works on the PARMA label. Tara’s Sonata for Solo Viola written in 2021, will shortly be published by Gems Music Publications, which specialises in urtext editions of viola music. This sonata will be recorded by renowned violist Peter Sulski for PARMA Recordings.
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,