Series: City Summer Sounds
This year's prize winner, accompanied by Laura O'Gorman on piano, will perform work by Tartini, Wieniawski, Grieg and Sarasate.
Tatjana Goldberg started learning the violin in Croatia and after she won several competitions she was sent to Moscow to study solo performance at the Conservatoire P. I. Tchaikovsky. Tatjana graduated from the class of Boris Belenky in 1985 and the following year started to teach in Banja Luka University, Bosnia, where in 1989 she was named Teacher of the Year. In 1991 Tatjana founded and led Banja Luka's Chamber Orchestra. In 1992 Professor Yfrah Neaman invited Tatjana to study in his class at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, but she discontinued her studies to try to rescue her family in Bosnia. However after she tragically lost her family she escaped to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she lived and worked from 1994.
Shortly after arriving in Rio Tatjana auditioned and was appointed co-leader of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and also formed chamber ensembles who performed all over Brazil. In Rio she became one of the small group of musicians regularly working for film and commercial work as well as playing for the 'O Globo'- Brazil's biggest TV station. In 1998 Boris Belkin invited Tatjana to play in his chamber orchestra during the summer festival in Reims, France, and in 2000 she was also invited by Pierre Amoyal to play in his festival in Switzerland. In August 2000 Tatjana married the violinist Nigel Goldberg and came to live in the UK. Tatjana made her London concerto debut in June 2001 at St. Johns Smith Square playing the Bruch violin concerto. In October 2002 Nigel and Tatjana toured Bosnia and Croatia giving a series of violin and viola recitals which were very well received by public and critics.
During the last ten years, besides playing in BBC and other orchestras, Tatjana has found herself increasingly in demand as a teacher and she takes great pride in being able to develop children of all abilities. From 2012 Tatjana has also taught at the Purcell school for talented children.
To further her own education Tatjana did MA in the Russian Language and Culture at the Queen Mary University, London and is currently doing PhD at the City University, London. In December Tatjana is awarded the Mercers prize 2012-13 for her performance of the Wieniawski violin concerto.
Ben Schoeman, doctoral student at City University London is currently completing a thesis on the piano works of the prominent South African composer Stefans Grové, who has recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Grové's music is strongly influenced by elements from traditional music in Southern Africa. Apart from the colourful tone pictures of Grové, this piano recital will also include Variations on a theme of Paganini by Johannes Brahms