Recognized internationally as a pianist and pedagogue, Sondra Tammam has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, South America and Asia. She has presented master classes, lectures and workshops in the U.S., Italy, Austria, France, Montenegro, Israel, Taiwan, and Brazil where she taught as guest faculty at Conservatorio Santa Cecilia Rome, Conservatorio G. Verdi Milan, Universitat fur Musik Graz Austria, Cetinje University Montenegro, Tel Aviv University, The Jerusalem Academy of Music Israel, Tunghai University Taiwan and University of Sao Paulo Brazil. In the U.S., she served as Classical Music Coordinator of the Summer Arts Institute at Rutgers University and Associate Faculty for Constance Keene at the Manhattan School of Music.
Ms. Tammam won first prize in the Paderewski Foundation Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Frinna Awerbuch International of the Piano Teachers Congress of New York, the Masterwork Foundation, and the New York Orchestral Society Competition. She was a top prize winner in the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition New York, the recipient of the John Meyers Foundation Award, and the Gold Medal Award of the National Guild of Piano Teachers. The Paderewski Foundation sponsored her debut recitals in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, New York, Wigmore Hall, London, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and the Stattsbibliotek, Berlin. “Her performance was electrifying and impeccable besides.” The Star Ledger. She has performed with orchestras in Italy and the U.S. Her chamber music performances include appearances with members of the N.Y. Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall.
Her four CD’s available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon include the latest “Carnivals, Songs and Transcriptions”. Ms. Tammam has broadcast live on WQXR and WNYC in New York and AFN Radio Germany, and has appeared on WCBS, WOR and PBS TV. An article she co-authored on the topic of performance injury was featured in Clavier magazine. Ms. Tammam is in Who’s Who of American Women.
In 2023, Ms. Tammam was selected to lecture at Oxford University, UK at the 18th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. She was a guest at the MGSA Rutgers University, and the inaugural PPSI Pedagogy Institute at TCNJ. The recipient of the 2022 Steinway Top Teacher Award, Ms. Tammam is a Steinway Educational Partner. In 2020-21, her virtual masterclasses and workshops through YouTube livestream included Pianowebfest.com and Piano Star Masterclass for http://www.thepianoleague.com.
She received the 2018 Teacher of the Year Award from NJMTA. and presented a Precollege Master Class at the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Tammam was invited to speak at the MTNA National and Suzuki International Conferences.
Ms. Tammam is Co-Director of the Dorothy Taubman Festival at Montclair State University http://www.taubmanuniversalapproach.org. She was on the Taubman Institute Faculty and International Piano Festival. Dorothy Taubman’s premise was, “The body is capable of fulfilling all pianistic demands without a violation of its nature.”
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Tammam received a Master of Music Degree. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was a scholarship student. Her teachers included Edwin Hughes (assistant to Leschetizky), Jeannette Haien (teacher of Murray Perahia), Dora Zaslavsky, Rosina Lhevinne, Maria Curcio (protegee of Artur Schnabel), and Dorothy Taubman.
Ms. Tammam serves on the Precollege Faculty of Manhattan School of Music and the Keyboard Studies Faculty (Piano Pedagogy) of the Cali School of Music, Montclair State University.