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Kalmanovitch, Tanya

Kalmanovitch, Tanya, viola, violin; b. Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, 5 July 1970. Her parents are Phyllis Sandals (nee Bencharski), b. Ashville, Manitoba 25 Aug 1942 and Theodore Pundy, b. Dauphin, Manitoba 30 Mar 1938 (year uncertain). She has one brother, Peter Pundy, b. 5 Mar 1967, Thompson, Manitoba. Canadian violist and violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch operates at the intersection of contemporary jazz, classical music and free improvisation. Tanya has performed with a diverse range of artists including Tom Rainey, Julian Arguelles, Ronan Guilfoyle, John Stowell, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Yiorgos Kontrafouris, Martin Hayes, the SEM Ensemble with John Cage, and Shujaat Husain Khan. Kalmanovitch performs extensively in North America and Europe, and travels frequently to India where she studies Karnatak music with violinist Lalgudi G. J. R. Krishnan and veena player Karaikudi S. Subrmanian.

Tanya began playing music at age of three, studying violin in Edmonton, Canada with Jack Kraijcek and Ran Shean. She studied viola at Mount Royal College's Academy Programme for Gifted Youth in Calgary, Canada with John Thompson. As a teenager she attended summer masterclasses with Karen Tuttle, Heidi Castelman and Gerald Stanick at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 1988 she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Juilliard School where she received a Bachelor of Music degree (1992), studying with Karen Tuttle and Toby Appel. Tanya has also studied at the Banff International Jazz Workshop with David Liebman, Don Thompson and Kenny Werner, and maintains ongoing studies with Charlie Banacos. In addition to her musical studies, Tanya got a Bachelor of Arts (After), in Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1995 and also holds a Master of Science degree in the history and theory of psychology (University of Calgary, 1998), and completed a Ph. D. in ethnomusicology at the University of Alberta where she investigated the intersection of jazz and South Indian classical music (2002).

In 1986, she took a viola masterclass at the Banff Centre for the Arts with Karen Tuttle and Heidi Castleman. She attended New York String Orchestra Seminars at The NewSchool (New York, NY) in 1986 and 1987. At the Banff Centre for the Arts, she has also studied with Gerald Stanick (1987), and took a New Music Fellow with Karen Tuttle (1990). In 2001, she studied at Leighton Studios, Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, AB) and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Annamaghkerrig, IRL). In 2002, she studied with Dr. K. S. Subramanian & Lalgudi Krishnan (Chennai, India) at the Brhaddhvani Institute. From 2001-2003, she did private studies with Charlie Banacos (Boston, MA).

Tanya maintains an active interest in contemporary classical music, championing new repertoire for improvising string players. In April 2001 she gave the international premiere of a Sonata for Viola and Piano, written for her by Irish composer Ronan Guilfoyle and commissioned by the National Concert Hall of Ireland for the 'Composer's Choice' festival. Most recently she has premiered Guilfoyle's "Sonata for Solo Viola" which she commissioned with the assistance of the Arts Council of Ireland.

Tanya is actively involved in the world of string education, with a special emphasis on developing jazz string pedagogy. She has recently presented seminars and workshops on this subject at the Banff International Jazz Workshop, the Berklee College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music, the University of Limerick, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and the Brhaddhvani Institute in Chennai, India. In November 2001 she was the artistic director of the first Canadian String Summit at the Canadian International Jazz Exposition.

Tanya is the Canadian representative to the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ), and is an active member of the String Caucus of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) and a founding member of the board of the Jazz Alliance of Canada (JAC).

Winterland (1998); Lingua Franca: Lingua Franca Irish Project (2001); Hut Five (2003)

As producer:
CKUA Radio, "ViolinSquad". Arranger and music director for live concert performances (1998);
Tanya Kalmanovitch Trio: Winterland (1998); Suzin Skyler: Musings (1999); Two Left Feet:
Music for Irish Dancing (2000); The Wild Colonials: Red Irish Ale (2000); Tanya
Kalmanovitch's Hut Five: Hut Five (2003)

Films and television:
"Prairie Odyssey" - Short film, Dir. Ando Leucter (1999); "Cougar Project" (Discovery Channel)
(2000); "Suzuki's World" (CBC) (2000); "Turning Paige" - Film Dr. Robert Cuffley (2001);
"Lucky Girl" - Film, Dir. John Fawcett (CTV) (2001); "Ginger Snaps" - Feature film, Dir. John
Fawcett. String arranger and featured performer. (2001); "100 Days in the Jungle" - Feature film,
Dir. Sturla Gunnarson (CTV). String arranger and featured performer. (2002)

Works by Kalmanovitch:
Stam, Henderikus J.; Kalmanovitch, Tanya. "E. L. Thorndike and the Origins of Animal Psychology: On the Nature of the Animal in Psychology." American Psychologist 53 (1998): 1135-1144.
Kalmanovitch, Tanya. "Banff Jazz Workshop." Strings Magazine 14, 2000.
Kalmanovitch, Tanya. "Isolating the Mind: Animal research in early American Psychology." MSc Thesis, University of Calgary, 1998.
Works about Kalmanovitch:
Larkin, Cormac. "Breaking out of the Gauloise cloud." The Sunday Tribune, 23 Feb 2003.
Comiskey, Ray. "Tanya Kalmanovitch: Hut Five." Recording review. The Irish Times, 27 Feb 2003.
Lartkin, Cormac. "Tanya Kalmanovitch: Hut Five." Recording review. The Sunday Tribune, 3 Mar 2003.
Sealy, Douglas. "Tanya Kalmanovitch, Conor Linehan and Michael Buckley, Hugh Lane Gallery, September 16, 2001." Irish Times, 17 Sep. 2001.
"Composer's Choice Festival." The View. RTE, Dublin. 10 Apr 2001.
Wallace, Arminta. "Seeing how it goes on the night." Irish Times, 6 Apr 2001, 12.
Strudwick, Leslie. "Young Achievers: 35 outstanding alumni lead their way into the next millennium." Arch: The University of Calgary Alumni Magazine 32, Spring 2001, 8-15.
Rooke, Charlene. "Working to the Sound of Music." Realm, Fall 2000, 36.
Watson, Blair. "Liebert creates a sound all his own." Calgary Herald, 29 Jun 2000, B9.
Sharpe, John. "Tanya Kalmanovitch Trio: Winterland." Scene, 27 Jan -  09 Feb, 2000, 12.
Doull, Bob. "Tanya Kalmanovitch Trio: Winterland." Calgary Straight, 20-27 Jan 2000, 17.
Muretich, James. "Jesse Cook With the Tanya Kalmanovitch Trio." Calgary Herald, 1 Jul 1999, B7.
Clark, Robert. "Emotionally Correct: Jazz violist concentrates on connecting." Calgary Straight, 24 Jun - 1 Jul, 1999, 16.
DiCenzo, David. "Tanya Kalmanovitch Trio." Vue Weekly, 24-30 Jun 1999, 29.
Rooke, Charlene. "Putting Degrees to Work: Nine recent graduates who have found their niche in the workforce." University of Calgary Alumni, Spring 1999, 8-13.
Burima, Kenna. "Tanya Kalmanovitch Trio: Winterland." Vox, June 1998, 24.
Muretich, James. "The Tanya Kalmanovitch Trio creates a stir." Calgary Herald, 10 May 1998, C2.
Kawchuk, Jordan. "Tanya Kalmanovitch Trio finds time to face the music." FFWD, 7-13 May 1998.
Vandervlist, Harry. "Ten Calgarians to Watch: Renegade violist Tanya Kalmanovitch declares musical independence and finds her own voice." Avenue Magazine, December 1998.
Duncan, Katherine. "Artists to Watch: Tanya Kalmanovitch." CBC Radio Arts, 22 Dec 1998.
Muretich, James. "Violinist Represents New Breed." Calgary Herald, 29 Jun 1997, D4.

Awards (selected):
2003    Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute: Doctoral Fellowship
2003    University of Alberta PhD Scholarship
2002    Canada Council for the Arts: Specialized Sound Recording Grant
2002    Canada Council for the Arts, Outreach Program: IAJE Conference
2002    Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Research Grant, Study in Chennai, India
2002    University of Alberta PhD Scholarship
2001    Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade: Tour support, Ireland
2001    Arts Council of Ireland: Commissioning Grant
2001    Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant: Paper presentation, IASJ Conference, Boston
2001    Canada Council for the Arts, Outreach Program: CIJC String Summit
2001    Canada Council for the Arts, Outreach Program: IAJE Showcase Performance
2001    University of Alberta PhD Scholarship
2000    Alberta Heritage Scholarship: Study of Irish traditional music, Ireland
1998    FACTOR: Independent Artist Recording Loan
1998    Alberta Foundation for the Arts: Marketing grant for "Winterland"
1996    University of Calgary: Faculty Award
1990    Banff Centre for the Arts: New Music Performance Fellow
1988    The Juilliard School: Tuition scholarship

Contact information:
Website: www.tanyakalmanovitch.com; e-mail: tanya@tanyakalmanovitch.com

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