Violinist Tami Iskenderian is an avid chamber musician and pedagogue. After attending the Colburn School of Performing Arts, she continued studies at the University of Texas at Austin (BMus) and the Royal Academy of Music in London (MMus with Distinction). While at the Royal Academy, she also earned a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM) Teaching Diploma. Under full scholarships awarded by the Raffy Manoukian Foundation and the Starling Foundation, she completed her studies with the guidance of principal teachers Gyorgy Pauk and Brian Lewis. Additionally, she studied chamber music extensively with Thomas Brandis and the members of the Miro and Endellion String Quartets.
Ms. Iskenderian has concertized throughout southern France, Holland, Germany, England, Texas and New York as a soloist and chamber musician. As a featured Young Artist at the 2003 Starling DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School, she performed at a young age for such noted pedagogues as Paul Kantor, Donald Weilerstein and Won-Bin Yim. She has performed with multiple orchestras, including the London Contemporary Orchestra, Orchestra Europa and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, she has appeared with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmerman, and the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Ms. Iskenderian has collaborated with the Royal Academy Soloists alongside violinist Clio Gould and has appeared in concert at London’s Wigmore Hall and at Kings Place. She has performed the Shostakovich Octet alongside members of the Miro Quartet, and served as the 2nd violinist in the Galitzin Quartet in London. As a quartet musician, she participated in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme International Academy of String Quartets, working with Sebastian Hammen and Isabel Charisius in Aldeburgh, UK. Further studies were done with the Debussy Quartet by invitation to attend the Chamber Music Academy of Vivion and Académie d’été du Quatuor Debussy in Bourg Saint Andeol, as well as with the members of the Ysaye Quartet at the Zeist International Music Days.
In 2007, she was the first prize winner of the Crescendo Music Awards Competition and she was invited as a guest recitalist and master class teacher in the Mary and David Green Recital Series in Ottawa, Kansas. She has performed in master classes for Glenn Dicterow, Cho-Liang Lin, Pinchas Zukerman, Ruggiero Ricci and Pamela Frank, among others. Ms. Iskenderian has also performed for Governor Gray Davis, El Presidente de México Vincente Fox and President George W. Bush. Summer music festivals attended include IMS Prussia Cove Seminar in Cornwall, England, the Holland Music Sessions, London Master Classes, Pinchas Zukerman Young Artist Programme and the ENCORE School for Strings.
As an educator, Ms. Iskenderian is a registered Suzuki teacher and has trained primarily with Linda Fiore since 2006. She is also a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. Over the years she has undertaken extensive studies of alternative techniques such as the Alexander Technique and Power Brain Education for kids, and incorporates principles of these in her teaching. She has taught privately in London and Texas, and has maintained her own private studio in Santa Monica since 2010. She joined the faculty of the Pasadena Conservatory in 2012.