Tanya Bannister started her musical education in Hong Kong and continued in London, Italy, Germany and the USA. She holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank, and New York’s Mannes School of Music, where she received an Artist Diploma as one of a handful of pianists selected to study with Richard Goode. Tanya has been a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the New Orleans International Piano Competition.
She has a versatile career immersed in both tradition and entrepreneurship, creating projects that inspire connections between music and the world we live in. In addition to an active performing career, she has developed an interest in institution building in the Arts, principally through her work as Artistic Director of Alpenkammermusik, an annual chamber music festival in Austria, and as a founder of RoadMaps, an artistic, humanitarian and cultural venture. Tanya is now President of the Concert Artists Guild in New York.
Tanya’s career has taken her to many of the world’s great concert halls, with recitals at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Communale in Bologna, Tokyo’s Nikkei Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
In addition to presenting the traditional repertoire, she has a deep affinity for contemporary music and has premiered numerous works written for her, including by Christopher Theofanidis, David del Tredici, Suzanne Farrin, Harold Meltzer and Sidney Corbett. She has released several CDs, including piano concertos of Mozart, Chopin and Schubert arranged with string quintet, which was selected for special mention by the New York Times.