Tamara EliasTamara Elias | Southbank Sinfonia
Violin

Tamara started playing the violin at the age of six after moving to Switzerland with her family. Tamara performed her first Mozart concerto at the age of nine as a soloist with the International Academy of Music Orchestra. In 2000, she moved to England to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Maciej Rakowski.

Tamara returned to Switzerland to study at the Conservatoire de Lausanne, where she became a member of the Camerata de Lausanne. A love of string quartets led her to join Patrick Genet’s violin class at the Conservatoire de Genève where she completed a master’s in Instrumental Interpretation and a master’s in Musical Pedagogy. In June 2013, she was awarded the Adolphe Neuman prize for ‘outstanding results during studies’ and received bursaries from the Hans Wilsdorf and the Fritz Gerber foundations in Switzerland.

Passionate about the prevention of physical injury for musicians, Tamara has recently completed her diploma in Medicine in the Arts at the musician’s clinic in Paris.

Tamara has performed as a soloist under the baton of esteemed conductors such as Tibor Varga and has been invited to play in festivals such as the Music Festival of Montreux-Vevey, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and the Toronto Summer Music Festival. She has performed extensively in Europe, the US, Canada, Panama, and Colombia and has been first violin of the Rothko Quartet and member of the Lausanne Sinfonietta and the Camerata Alma Viva, founded by Southbank Sinfonia alumni.

Tamara’s place in Southbank Sinfonia is generously supported by Lord and Lady Filkin.

Q&A

What or who inspired you to become a professional musician?
I would say my parents, my teachers, and those great musicians who would leave me starry-eyed and hopeful at the end of concerts.

What’s on your playlist right now?
Beethoven String Quartet Op 132, Bruckner 4th Symphony, Serge Gainsbourg, The Cure, and repertoire that I am currently working on.

Which people, living or dead, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
I always change my mind about this, but today I would go for Gandhi, Dostoyevsky and Woody Allen.

 

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