Education and Background
Tamami Honma received her LRAM (Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music) and Master’s Degree in Music at the Royal Academy of Music/University of London, and her Bachelor’s at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City studying under Byron Janis. She also studied with Herbert Stessin at the Juilliard School of Music, Dominique Merlet of Conservatoire Geneve, and has played in classes for numerous artists including Christopher Hogwood, Robert Levin, Jerome Lowenthal, Martin Canin, Alfred Brendel, Abbey Simon, Andras Schiff, and Gabriel Kwok. She was recipient of three Junior Fellowships at the RAM and later received an honorary ARAM degree for outstanding contributions to the field (particularly in recordings and her work with living composers) after graduation. She was on the academic staff at the RAM and led the piano literature courses and keyboard skills classes required for all students. Tamami is an active performer and regularly appears on many stages across the Bay Area - this year she will perform Britten’s Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov Piano Concertos 3 and 4 with the Redwood Symphony, Saratoga Symphony and Winchester Orchestra respectively. She is also artistic director/founder of the Cal Arte Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra with whom she performs or conducts anywhere from 20-40 concerts in a given season. She has over three decades of teaching experience often giving masterclasses and adjudicating in competitions here and abroad. She has performed hundreds of chamber works with distinguished musical partners and premiered many new works. She is a seasoned repetiteur working for a number of years with the San Jose Symphonic Choir and has been involved with many opera productions.
I regard each music lesson as a wonderful opportunity to create the most trusting environment possible in order to help the student develop not only to their highest potential technically but also to becoming a fully fledged artist. With a receptive student, sharing knowledge about our craft is a deeply rewarding experience. To encourage such receptivity and awareness, it is important to make students aware of the need to sharpen their listening skills - a critical but appreciative ear becomes a crucial tool that can be applied across all disciplines. It deepens our ability to focus while making the time to understand our own thought processes. With this skill, I believe students can discover far more about their own potential they might not have realized they had had all while developing a love of the feeling of achievement and growth. Over time the goal is to give the student a greater sense of self-confidence and the ability to express themselves musically in the most effective way possible to the audience.