Tamara Smolyar represents the finest traditions of the famous Russian piano school and comes from a family with a musical background, which spans over four generations. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Tamara began her formal piano lessons at the age of four. She studied with professors O.Orlova (a pupil of K.Mikhailov), I. Ryabov (pupil of J.Zaak), and E. Rzhanov (pupil of J.Fliere). Tamara graduated from the Kiev State College of Music and the Kiev State Conservatorium of Music with High Honours.
She participated in masterclasses with world famous pianists E. Malinin, A. Nasedkin, L. Berman,T. Nikolaeva, T. Kravchenko, N. Topilin, V. Sechkin,V. Neilson. In the former USSR, Tamara performed nationwide in solo, concerto and chamber music recitals as well as on radio and television. She is a winner of First Chamber Music Competition (Ukraine) and also was awarded the title of Best Accompanist of Ukraine and USSR. In 1994, Tamara gained her Master in Music (Performance) from the University of Melbourne, where she studied with A Semetsky (pupil of E. Gilels) and Professor R. Farren-Price.