Pianist Tara Kamangar has been praised as a "huge talent" (London Evening Standard) and a "world-class musician who excels at blending the best of Western and Middle-Eastern compositions" (Gulf News). With a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach to Behzad Ranjbaran, Tara brings audiences rarely heard works by Iranian composers of the past century. Her recent performance credits include such venues as London's Cadogan Hall, the Whitehall Palace, New York City's Skirball Auditorium, Washington DC's National Gallery of Art and LA's Walt Disney Hall.
A versatile musician, Tara has collaborated with musicians across all genres, from Spanish classical guitar legend Angel Romero to multi-platinum R&B producer James Poyser. Tara tours regularly as a violinist with the pioneering Iranian rock band Kiosk. She is featured in Kiosk's last three albums, one of which was named one of the best albums of the year by BBC World's World of Music, as well as in folk singer Mohsen's Namjoo's album Useless Kisses, performing classical piano selections to the accompaniment of Persian poetry. An avid composer, Tara has also contributed to several film scores, and wrote the original score for the prizewinning documentary Fifi Howls from Happiness, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year.
Born to a musical family, Tara has studied the piano and violin from the age of three. She is an honors graduate of both Harvard University and London's Royal Academy of Music, where she completed postgraduate studies in piano performance as a recipient of the Kathleen Bayfield scholarship.
Tara's debut solo classical album, East of Melancholy: Piano Music from Russia to Iran, recorded on The Scoring Stage at Skywalker Sound by producer and Grammy® winning engineer Leslie Ann Jones, will be released this coming spring. Tara has combined her favorite works by composers from Russia, Armenia, Tajikistan and Iran in this album due to the considerable exchange of artistic ideas in this region throughout the centuries. A collaborative album with singer Antoniette Costa and cellist-beatboxer Kevin Olusola is also forthcoming.
"Huge talent..."- The Evening Standard
"A world-class pianist who excels at blending the best of Western and Middle Eastern compositions"- Gulf News
"Kamangar was a skilled advocate, playing with nimble technique and lustrous phrasing"- The San Francisco Chronicle
"Her fingers moved like liquid gold...Softer passages were especially lovely and poetic"- San Francisco Classical Voice
"Tara's expressive playing will speak to listeners of any nationality"- BBC Persian
"The summer breeze through the palm trees surrounding the amphitheater at Darioush’s modern Persepolis blended with the sound of Angel Romero’s guitar and Tara Kamangar’s piano.- San Francisco Examiner
Guests — including Donna Summer, David Foster and Babyface — were said to be spellbound."
"Tara played to a full house and rapturous applause...An impeccable performance of the cycle of Tjeknavorian's Danses Fantastiques proved particularly popular"- Harvard Club of the United Kingdom
"Tara played with an elegant force and conviction...The audience was enchanted"- Iranian.com
"With her elegant fingers flying over the ivory keys, [Tara] had the room captivated...Some may say that classical music is not their 'thing' but Tara is capable of converting you. She puts her entire being into her music"- Asian Woman Magazine
"[Tara] has the world at her fingertips"- Modesto Bee
"A sensitive, dedicated pianist with lots of fire and depth"- Conductor Loris Tjeknavorian
"Ms. Kamangar gave us a Saint-Saëns Two that was warmly sensitive and yet detached, not given to emotional indulgence nor excess of feeling, clearly chiseled though gently arching in the lyrical passages...Her second movement was full of charm and light, sprightly, playful and lilting, and then rumbling full-throttle into the finale with its brilliant bravura. Ms. Kamangar is a multi-tasking, multi-talented musician of many genres and media...She is an artist we want to know better."-D. Ch'an Moriwaki, Classical Radio Host