Recognized internationally as a pianist and pedagogue, Sondra Tammam has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and has presented master classes, lectures, and workshops in the U.S., Austria, Italy, France, Montenegro, Israel, Taiwan, and Brazil. She has been a Professor at the Cali School of Music at Montclair State University since 2013. Ms. Tammam is on the Precollege faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. She has also taught as a Teaching Associate for Constance Keene and as Guest Faculty at Tel Aviv University, The Jerusalem Academy of Music (Israel), Tunghai (Taiwan), Conservatorio Santa Cecilia (Rome), Conservatorio Verdi (Milan), Universität für Musik Graz (Austria), Cetinje (Montenegro), and University of São Paulo (Brazil). She is co-director of the annual Dorothy Taubman Festival at Montclair State University.
Among her many awards are First Prize in the Paderewski Foundation, the Auerbach International Competition, the Juilliard Concerto, the Masterwork Foundation and the New York Orchestral Society Competitions. She was a prize winner in the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition and received the John Meyers Foundation Award. The Paderewski Foundation sponsored her debut recitals in Carnegie Weill (NY), Wigmore Hall (London), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and the Stattsbibliotek (Berlin). Her chamber music performances include appearances with members of the N.Y. Philharmonic at Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall. She has performed with orchestras in Italy and the U.S. Ms. Tammam has broadcast live on WQXR and WNYC in New York and AFN Radio in Germany, and has appeared on WCBS, WOR, and PBS television. She issued three CDs (Trutone, Palexa) and in 2018 released a new CD, “Carnivals, Songs, and Transcriptions.” Ms. Tammam was selected to be listed in Who’s Who of American Women. Clavier Magazine featured an article she co-authored on the topic of performance injury.
Ms. Tammam received the 2022 Steinway Top Teacher Award from Steinway and Sons. NJMTA bestowed Ms. Tammam (NCTM) with the 2018 Teacher of the Year Award. She recently presented a Master Class at the Manhattan School of Music (Pre-College) and was invited to speak at the MTNA National and Suzuki International Conferences.
Ms. Tammam holds an M.M. from the Juilliard School and a B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers have included Edwin Hughes (assistant to Leschetizky), Jeannette Haien (teacher of Murray Perahia), Dora Zaslavsky, Rosina Lhevinne, Maria Curcio (protégée of Artur Schnabel), and Dorothy Taubman.