Tamara Konstantin reveals first single from her outstanding new album ‘Resilience’
29 September 2021
The talented romantic pianist and composer Tamara Konstantin is destined to make waves in the world of modern classical music with the release of The Elixir of Life - the first single from her much anticipated third album - Resilience.
The classically trained pianist from Georgia, who built successful careers first as a TV presenter and then a senior oil company executive before moving to Dorset and returning to music, has produced a triumphal new body of work combining mainly original compositions of beautifully crafted melodies that showcase her outstanding pianistic technique and ability to speak through music.
Produced during a time of great global crisis, Resilience reflects the pain of lockdown and is personal message of love, hope and affection to the people and places closest to Tamara's heart; several pieces evoke the anxiety and isolation caused by the Covid-19 epidemic and the heartache of not being able to see her son and his family. There are compositions that cleverly translate into music the beauty of her beloved home county of Dorset (continuing her popular Dorset Sketches series) and places further afield including reference to her native land of Georgia.
The new album demonstrates Tamara’s electric creativity and fuses her love of Chopin’s romanticism, Rachmaninoff’s strength and Beethoven’s dynamism with her own mesmerising and passionate compositions and melodies. Overall, the work is a testament to her belief in the power of music to console, to uplift, and to bring people together whether in joy or sorrow - the power to help us find a spirit of optimism and resilience.
This is no better illustrated than in The Elixir of Life - the first single from the album which is based on the aria 'Una furtiva lagrima' from Donizetti's opera L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love). The aria is sung by the tenor character Nemorino, but rather than merely give his music to the cello - which would be the instrument nearest in range to his voice, Tamara splits the material between all the players and adds a haunting new tune as well.
A testament to her vision, prodigious talent and ability to speak through music, the work was written for and performed by Tamara's piano trio who perform together under the name The Three Graces and include the immensely talented violinist Elly Suh and acclaimed cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber.
Described as a 'highly accomplished composer' 'superb musician' and 'polished performer,' Tamara Konstantin's auspicious new work will undoubtedly project this star in its ascendancy.
Tamara Konstantin's new single ' The Elixir of Life' is available from 29th October. The album Resilience will be available from the end of November.
"Tamara is inspired by the great piano masters of the 19th century, to produce melodic music, well laid out for the piano, that is not in the least derivative, and has great charm". - David Mellor, Classic FM.
"If you like irresistibly romantic piano music, then this is for you." - Jamie MacDougall, BBC Scotland - Classics Unwrapped.
About Tamara Konstantin - Musical Mistress of Reinvention
Tamara Konstantin learned to play piano as a child growing up in Georgia. After attending a special music school for gifted children, she culminated her piano studies at the Tbilisi Music Academy where she performed with the State Symphony Orchestra of Georgia and gave many solo recitals.
She then completed a linguistics degree at Tbilisi State University before being offered a job as the first female political commentator on Georgian television. Later she married an Englishman, moved to the UK and reinvented herself once again when she took a job in the oil industry helping companies negotiate their strategies in the former Soviet Union and Central Asia eventually rising to become Vice President of Business Development.
Her love of music returned to the fore when she complained to her husband about a modern atonal piece of music to which they had both listened at a concert. Her husband challenged her to write something better and an intense period of creativity followed.
Tamara released her much acclaimed debut album, Inflections (Stone Records), in 2016 which was nominated CD of the week by Lady Magazine. Compositions from the album have been played on Classic FM, BBC Scotland (Classics Unwrapped) and BBC Solent.
Tamara’s second album, Reverie, was released in March 2019 by the Naxos Record Label and in November 2019, Tamara had the huge honour of performing her compositions in front of HRH Prince Charles.
Tamara was awarded First Prize by The Georgian Composer’s Guild for her work, and has performed selections from it at several concerts.
Several TV features also followed, including CMUSIC TV and Georgian State Television. Her music is frequently played on Classic FM.