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Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Dr. Tanya Karyagina made her concerto début at the age of nine with the Kazakh Chamber Orchestra under Yuri Dorokhovski and has also appeared as a soloist with Kazakh National Symphony, Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, TCU Symphony, USC Symphony, North East Symphony, and Nova Amadeus Chamber Orchestra working with such distinguished conductors as Leon Fleisher, Sergiu Comissiona, Nicola Samale, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Jeremy Swerling, German Gutierrez, and Tolepbergen Abdrashev. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belgium, France, Italy and Germany in such venues as Carnegie Hall (Weill) in New York, Vilar Performing Arts Center in Colorado, Bass Performance Hall in Texas, Le Théâtre Bonbonnière in France, Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, Central Concert Hall, National Philharmonic Hall and National Opera Theater in Kazakhstan and many others.
Dr. Karyagina has won top prizes in nearly thirty National and International Piano Competitions. She has articles and concert reviews published world-wide. She has appeared on CBS 11, world satellite TV, Radio Vaticana and Kazakh National TV and radio stations performing, giving interviews and acting. In 2011 the US government granted her a Green Card (US Permanent Residency) as a person of extraordinary abilities.
Dr. Karyagina started taking piano lessons at the age of five and holds the Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate from Texas Christian University, where she studied with professors Tamas Ungar and Harold Martina, and the Master of Music Degree, the Artist Diploma and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from University of Southern California, where she studied with the renowned professor John Perry.
Currently, Dr. Karyagina is a part of the Piano Faculty at Tarrant County College (Northeast Campus), Dallas Baptist University and Texas Christian University (Preparatory Division). From 2010 until 2015 she served on the Music Faculty at Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, California) and before that at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Lecturer. She has also maintained her private Piano Studio for over 15 years, first in Southern California, and now in Fort Worth, teaching students of all ages and levels. Her students have entered and won awards and prizes various festivals and competitions, including the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (Junior and Amateur Levels). She has judged competitions, presented lectures and given recitals at many professional conferences, such as Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, Golden Key International Honors Society and Rotary International.
Apart from her teaching and piano performance career Dr. Karyagina plays harpsichord professionally. She is also an aspiring violinist. She likes spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, swimming, reading, cooking, travelling and experiencing new cultures.
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