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31. Jan 2015

New contemporary music recording available

From now on the new CD 'Zählen und Erzählen' ('Counting and Recounting') is available where Tamara has recorded the piano part of the piano concerto as well as the 10 piano studies by the well known contemporary composer Hans Abrahamsen.

29. May 2014

Prades Casals Festival

Tamara has to unfortunately cancel her participation in the Prades Casals Festival this August due to the arrival of her baby that month.She is very sorry to miss working with such a team of musicians and wishes them all the luck!

07. Apr 2014

New recording now available!

On the new Harmonia Mundi CD "What becomes" Tamara Stefanovich presents piano solo works written by the austrian composer Thomas Larcher. On the recording is also the "Padmore cycle" for tenor and piano, interpreted by Mark Padmore and the composer himself.

Release date is 7th of april 2014.

23. May 2013

New Recordings of Contemporary Music

After having played - amongst others - the premiere of several works commissioned by Klavier-Festival Ruhr in front of a sold-out concert hall, Tamara Stefanovich is going to record them.

10. Feb 2013

Turangalîla symphony available on DVD

During their tour in spring 2012, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie performed at the Philharmonie Berlin under the direction of Kristjan Järvi. Now this live recording of Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla symphony with Tamara Stefanovich as a soloist is available on DVD.

23. Nov 2012

New task at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne

Since october 2012, Tamara Stefanovich is holding a teaching position in "Contemporary music for young interpreters" at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne.



Counting and Recounting

The new CD 'Zählen und Erzählen' ('Counting and Recounting') contains three pieces by the well known contemporary composer Hans Abrahamsen: 4 pieces for orchestra, concerto for piano and orchestra and 10 studies for piano - together they form a unit. In this premiere recording, Tamara Stefanovich is interpreting the piano part both in the piano concerto as well as in the piano studies. The CD has been released by 'Winter' and is already available!


What becomes

On this new CD Tamara Stefanovich presents new piano solo works written by the austrian composer Thomas Larcher. Besides there are recordings of works for tenor and piano by Larcher, interpreted by Mark Padmore and the composer himself. Release date is 7th of april 2014 (Harmonia mundi).


Messiaen's gigantic masterpiece

During their tour in spring 2012, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie performed at the Philharmonie Berlin under the direction of Kristjan Järvi and with Tamara Stefanovich as a soloist. Now this live recording of Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla symphony is available on DVD.


Award-winning Bartók

Released by Deutsche Grammophon, this recording of Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra interpreted by Tamara Stefanovich, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez is on the way to become a reference recording: It has been awarded with the Gold Record Academy Award as well as nominated for the Grammy and the MIDEM.


Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr Volume 11

Recordings 2004/2005 with Tamara Stefanovich | Kirill Gerstein | Nikolai Tokarev et al.
CD5 contains a live-recording of a recital played by Tamara Stefanovich with Bach “Aria variata” BWV 989, Mozart “Duport variations” KV573 as well as a combination of 12 etudes out of Rachmaninov “Etudes tableaux” and Ligeti “Etudes pour piano”.


A rare and successful Stravinsky

Even though Stravinsky’s „Les noces“ is one of the most interesting masterpieces of 20th century music, it is rarely performed and recorded due to its unusual combination of instuments. The present recording therefore represents a special treat which has been released by harmonia mundi and awarded by the Diapason d’Or.


Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr Volume 26

Schumann, Chopin and Contemporary Piano Music – Live recordings 2010 with Jie Chen | Adam Laloum | Eric Schneider | Amir Tebenikhin | Fabian Müller | Lorenzo Soulès | T. Stefanovich | P.-L. Aimard | Sophie-Mayuko Vetter | Maki Namekawa & Dennis Russell Davies

CD3 contains the world premiere recordings of the Klavier-Festival Ruhr Bärenreiter Piano Album.


Edition Klavier-Festival Ruhr Volume 23

Händel, Mendelssohn & Contemporary Music - Live Recordings 2009 with Leon Berben | Pascal Dubreuil | Tamara Stevanovich | Ya-Fei Chuang & Robert Levin | et al.

CD3 contains amongst others recordings of Vassos Nicolaou’s piano cycle “Once upon a time” as well as his “5 Etudes pour piano” – both commissioned by the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and performed by Tamara Stefanovich.



An Urtext edition of Debussy's very successful and popular Images published in commemoration of his 150th birthday and based on most recent scholarship and source analysis.

Debussy Images 1st series/2nd series

Publisher: Bärenreiter Verlag order no: BA10821/BA10822

  • Urtext edition based on the most recent research
  • Includes fingering by Tamara Stefanovich
  • With a detailed foreword (Eng/Ger) and critical commentary (Eng)

The Klavier-Festival Ruhr Bärenreiter Piano Album arose from a project of mediation of contemporary piano music. (...) The resulting collection has a wide range of use, particularly in piano classes. It contains twelve pieces of various levels of difficulty delivering fascinating insights into various forms of contemporary composition.

Klavier-Festival Ruhr - Bärenreiter Piano Album

Contemporary music for two and four hands

Publisher: Bärenreiter Verlag
Order No.: BA9659
Fingerings by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich
Edited by Tobias Bleek and Michael Töpel



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Yugoslav-born pianist Tamara Stefanovich, known for fascinating interpretations of a wide variety of repertoire, performs at the world’s major concert venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, and London’s Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall. She has appeared at numerous international festivals such as Lucerne, La Roque d´Antheron, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Styriarte Graz, and Aldeburgh.Highlights of the current season are concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the MDR and WDR Sinfonieorchesters, and Asko | Schönberg, while recent engagements include performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and the London Sinfonietta. Stefanovich has also appeared with ensembles including the Cleveland, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Saint Paul Chamber orchestras as well as the NDR Sinfonieorchester, Bamberger Symphoniker and Britten Sinfonia. In spring 2012 she toured Germany with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie with Kristjan Järvi, performing Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony to much critical acclaim.

Recent and forthcoming recital appearances include London’s Southbank Centre for the International Piano Series as part of ‘The Rest is Noise’, at Wigmore Hall with cellist Natalie Clein, and a return to Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw. Stefanovich has performed at the Salzburger Festspiele, Aldeburgh Festival, Dartington International Summer School, Toulouse’s Piano aux Jacobins series and Beethovenfest Bonn; she also continues to work in recital with baritone Matthias Goerne.

Tamara Stefanovich has collaborated with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Osmo Vänskä, Susanna Mälkki and Vladimir Jurowski, as well as leading contemporary composers including Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös and György Kurtág. She teaches at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and regularly leads educational projects at Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and has also done so at the Barbican in London, Philharmonie Köln and Luxembourg Philharmonie. Stefanovich also frequently takes part in performance projects with other types of performer, including dancers, actors, and DJs.

Recent releases include the Grammy-nominated recording of Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Pierre Boulez and the London Symphony Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon (also a MIDEM nomination and Gold Record Academy Award) and Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos with Jonathan Nott, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Camerata Salzburg for the ARTE television network. Stefanovich has also made recordings for the AVI and Harmonia Mundi labels, including a live recital of Rachmaninov and Ligeti, as well as works by Bach, Mozart, Haydn and Stravinsky. In spring 2014 Harmonia Mundi will release a recording of Stefanovich performing works by Thomas Larcher.

Taught by Lili Petrovic from the age of five, Tamara Stefanovich gave her first public recital at the age of seven and became the youngest student at the University of Belgrade at the age of 13. As well as music, her broad university education encompassed many other disciplines – psychology, education, sociology – and she received her Masters degree in piano at the age of 19. She also studied at the Curtis Institute with Claude Frank, and subsequently studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Cologne Hochschule.

2013/2014 season only. Please contact HarrisonParrot if you wish to edit this biography. Photo credit: Frank Alexander Rümmele.


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Es kann nicht nur
eine richtige geben.

April 2012

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Außerhalb der Vitrinen
des Starbetriebs

K.WEST – Das Feuilleton für NRW
Juni 2007

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Das Klavierfestial
als Sprungbrett

April 2005
Fono Forum

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Düsseldorfer Hefte
Juni 2006

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Press Comments


Tamara Stefanovich bewältigte sie geradezu sensationell mit sicherem Gespür für die augenzwinkernde Heterogenität und Skurrilität dieser Musik.""

Ives Sonate Nr.1
November 2013


Ligeti's colourful, five-part Piano Concerto, played with admirable gusto and precision by the Yugoslav-German pianist Tamara Stefanovich. (...) Stefanovich, Asko|Schönberg and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw gave wings to this demanding concerto, sustaining its tension from beginning"

November 2013



dextrous wizard"

The Guardian


...Tamara Stefanovich, die zu den brillantesten Pianisten für die Moderne zählt. Ihre Boulez-Interpretationen sind maßstabsetzend."
NMZ 6/12


Tamara Stefanovich ist eine unglaublich gute Pianistin."
MDR (K. Järvi)


Die wahrhaft genialische Tamara Stefanovich..."
Berliner Morgenpost
Messiaen Turangalîla Symphonie/K. Järvi


All dies interpretiert Stefanovich präzis, ohne einem analytischen Buchstabieren zu verfallen. Dass sie dabei in der Lage ist, stilsicher zwischen den Jahrhunderten zu wandeln, darf getrost als bravourös bezeichnet werden."


Überragend die pianistischen Exzesse von Tamara Stefanovich, die die halsbrecherischen Vogelstimmen glamourös aus den Tasten befreite."
Frankfurter Rundschau

Messiaen Turangalîla Sinfonie/K.Järvi
April 2012


The colossal energy of Stefanovich’s performance was hugely impressive"
The Telegraph


Simply put, I was bowled over. I was struck by her tonal vibrancy, variety of touch, natural rubato and expressive but never exaggerated turns of phrase."
Musical America
NY, Poisson Rouge
February 2010


She’s a pianist with bags of technique."
The Daily Telegraph
Aldeburgh Festival
June 2009


Prokofievs Klavierkonzert N.5 war so voller Ideen so dass die Solistin Tamara Stefanovich alle Gelegenheit hatte ihre interpretatorische wie technisches Genie zu zeigen."

Bamberger Zeitung
Bamberger Symphoniker/Vänskä


Nuanciert, gewitzt, souverän, bewundenswert was Stefanovich da präsentierte. "


Pianist Tamara Stefanovich may have cut a slight figure, but there was nothing small-scale about her brilliant performance."
The Northern Echo
Ravel left hand concerto with Philharmonia/Salonen


an arresting performance..."
NY Times
Bartók Sonata for 2 pianos and percussion


the outstanding-young-Belgrade-born Tamara Stefanovich"
Chicago Sun Times


...da brillierte Tamara Stefanovich, die nicht nur teuflisch gut Boulez und Messiaen spielen kann, sondern auch einen brillianten Mozart: leicht, kantabel, spirituell, alles in schönster Balance."


Tamara Stefanovich created exactly the right mix of steel and textural imagination"
Messiaen, Oiseaux exotiques, Philharmonia/Salonen


Stefanovich Vortrag verrät eine ganz außerordentliche technische und mentale Überlegenheit"
Badische Zeitung
Boulez 2.Sonate


mit Händen die in einer Symbiose über die Tasten zu fliegen scheinen ... saß sie wie eine Tänzerin kerzensgerade ohne exzentrische Körperschwingungen ... und wurde mit stehenden Ovationen belohnt"
Bach 6 Partiten


Un fascinant voyage entre Baroque et XXe siècle au cours duquel Stefanovich confirme les excellentes impressions que l’on gardait de son premier passage au Piano(s) Festival en 2011 : une intelligence aussi aiguë que sensible distingue cette magnifique interprète."


peerless in attack and dexterity"
The Times (London)
26. September 2008


Very few performances were held in standard concert spaces but, of those that were, an absolute gem of a concert featured pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich. Boulez’s early piano music never sounded so compelling."
Boulez's complete piano works Beethovenfest Bonn


Tamara Stefanovich und Pierre-Laurent Aimard spielen … hinreißend."
Die Zeit


Tamara Stefanovich, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Nigel Thomas und Neil Percy zielen dagegen vor allem auf strukturelle Klarheit; ihre Aufführung des Konzerts für zwei Klaviere, Schlagzeug und Orchester … zeichnet sich … durch hohe Transparenz und Rhythmische Präzision aus."
Neue Zürcher Zeitung


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