Dr. Tatiana Tessman

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Dr. Tatiana Tessman, Director of Keyboard Studies
Faculty/Staff Title:  Artist in Residence, Director of Keyboard Studies
Extension:  4366
Box:  78
Office/Department:  Department of Music
Degrees:  Doctor of Musical Arts, Manhattan School of Music Artist Diploma, Park University, Missouri B.M., M.M. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory

Prize-winning pianist Tatiana Tessman has performed on such stages including Carnegie Weill Hall, Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory, the Seoul Arts Center and La Scala in Italy. 

She has toured throughout Russia, Germany, Italy, Latin America, Korea and the United States and has had solo appearances with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, World Symphony in Cincinnati, Shreveport Symphony, Uruguay Philharmonic Symphony, Panama Philharmonic Symphony, Korea W. Philharmonic and the Russian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. 

Tessman has collaborated with renowned Russian conductors including Vladimir Ponkin, Alexander Skulsky, Murad Annamamedov, and Mark Kadin and has participated in master classes with Boris Berman, Fou Tsong, Sequeira Costa, and Willam G. Nabore.

Her virtuosity, artistry, and a versatile repertoire have attracted world renowned musicians to collaborate and perform with her.  In 2003 Mstislav Rostropovich invited her to play with the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio in Munich Germany.  Tessman's debut with the maestro took place at "Klassik am Odeons platz" in Munich were witnesses at the central square numbered more than 7000 people.  She later traveled to Ingolstadt where she performed at the festival "Summer Concerts."  It was at these concerts where Tessman's much-acclaimed performance of Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto led to other concerts at the series "La Scala presents" in Italy. 

" ..It's amazing; that this exceptionally gifted pianist did more than just meet technical challenges of the solo part- she possessed strong artistic personality to be recognized by the world-class orchestra.."

Jorg Handstein ("Bayern", 1st July 2003, after the concert with Symphony  Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio/conductor Mstislav Rostropovich) 

At the age of four, Tessman began her public concert career in Omsk Russia.  A year later she entered the Gnessins School of Music in Moscow, where she studied under the direction of Professor Tatiana Zaitzeva. In 1997 Ms. Tessman was admitted to the Moscow State Conservatory where she studied with teachers such as Valery Kastelsky, Pavel Nersessian, Nikolai Lugansky and Sergei Dorensky; with whom she pursued her studies as a post-graduate student.  During this period Tessman was a scholarship recipient from the "Mstislav Rostropovich" foundation.  After finishing her B.M. and M.M. degree at the Tchaikovsky Moscow State conservatoire, Ms. Tessman moved to the United States where she  is currently pursuing PS degree at Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Solomon Mikowsky. Also Tatiana is a recipient of Elda van Gelder Memorial Foundation scholarship at MSM"

Tessman has won many competitions including the Glenn Gould International Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy (2002); the Panama International Piano Competition (second prize and Special Audience Prize, 2004); the Santorini International Piano Competition in Greece (2005); the 55th Wideman International Piano Competition (2005); the Missouri International Piano Competition (2006), the 50th Cincinnati World Piano Competition (2006), Florida International Piano competition (third prize,2008) As a result of winning the Missouri International Competition Tessman had her Carnegie Hall debut on October 9th 2006 while being recorded by WQXR Radio.