Nelly Akopian-Tamarina

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Nelly Akopian-Tamarina (born in Moscow) is a Russian pianist and painter.

Akopian-Tamarina had performed Haydn concertos publicly with orchestras by age 9.[1] She studied with Anaida Sumbatyan at the Moscow Central Music School.[2] She continued her piano studies at the Moscow Conservatoire, where she was one of the last students of Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser. She won the Gold Medal at the 1963 Robert Schumann International Competition for Pianists and Singers in Zwickau. Akopian-Tamarina made several recordings for Melodiya, including the Chopin Preludes, op. 28, and the Piano Concerto of Robert Schumann, the last with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. After her sister married a Jewish musician and later applied to emigrate to Israel, Akopian-Tamarina's career suffered in the 1970s, and she was unable to give public concerts for more than a decade. She became a painter during this time, and she was able to exhibit her watercolours in Moscow.

Akopian-Tamarina subsequently emigrated from the USSR, and taught in Prague. Her London debut was at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in March 1983. In October 2002, following an absence of twenty-five years, she returned to Russia for a performance at the Moscow Conservatoire. In January 2008, she returned to the London concert stage with an all-Brahms programme (Opp 10, 76, 117) at Wigmore Hall. She has subsequently appeared twice more at Wigmore Hall.

In 2017, an all-Brahms recording of the Ballades op. 10 and Variations and Fugue on a theme by Handel by Akopian-Tamarina was released on Pentatone.[3] These sessions were from 20 years earlier, and partly recorded surreptitiously, with Akopian-Tamarina unaware that the recording producer had returned to the studio for part of the sessions.[4]


  1. ^ Michael Church (2018-01-24). "Preview: Nelly Akopian-Tamarina, Wigmore Hall, London". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Nelly setting the tone". The Herts Advertiser. 2018-01-10. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 
  3. ^ Michael Church (February 2018). "Revelatory Brahms from another age". BBC Music Magazine. Retrieved 2018-01-23. 
  4. ^ Erica Jeal (2017-12-14). "Brahms review – enchanting, intimate and irresistible". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-18. 

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