Tatjana Mead Chamis
Associate Principal Viola
Violist Tatjana Mead Chamis has gained recognition through a wide range of performances, from orchestral and solo playing, to studio recording, introducing and experimenting with new music, and most notably through chamber music.
She has performed since 1993 at the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York, with her debut as a "Rising Star" playing with Sir Andre Previn. Together with some of today's finest solo and chamber players, she has appeared as a member of the "Caramoor Virtuosi". Other festivals include the Bravo Festival in Vail, Colorado, Tanglewood, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute where she collaborated with Lynn Harrell, and the Green Bay Music Festival, where she performed with members of the Amelia Piano Trio. Her performances have been heard on "Performance Today" from NPR, and several concerts continue to be featured on WQED Pittsburgh.
At the age of 17, Chamis made her solo debut with the Utah Symphony under the baton of Joseph Silverstein. She has since performed as soloist with the Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestras in Brazil, the Curtis Institute Symphony Orchestra, as well as numerous performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra.
Associate Principal Viola of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chamis joined the orchestra at the age of 22 under the directorship of Maestro Lorin Maazel. Since 1993, she has toured with the orchestra, appearing in the most renowned concert halls of Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Chamis began her studies on the violin in Frankfurt, Germany. At the age of fifteen, while living in Salt Lake City, Utah, she switched to viola under the tutelage of violist Mikhail Boguslavsky, co-founder of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, with whom she studied until entering the Curtis Institute of Music in 1990. Following her studies with Joseph dePasquale, she graduated in 1994.
Among her future projects is a groundbreaking concert that features the Unaccompanied Cello Suites of J.S.Bach alongside a jazz trio, with pianist David Budway.
Tatjana resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with composer/conductor Flavio Chamis and their three children.