Flautist and Collaborative Artist
Australian flautist Tamara Kohler is a soloist, chamber musician, and inter-disciplinary artist. As a strong believer in the transformative power of the arts, Tamara is equally comfortable in the orchestral pit as in the cross-collaborative world.
"Her playing stands out in several ways: breadth of repertoire, adventurous and intellectual grasp of the material, and equal experience as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer"
She is a founding member and co-executive director of Melbourne-based contemporary ensemble Rubiks, whose performances have been described as “…incredibly personal, strangely spiritual and ultimately deeply touching.”- Limelight.
Festival credits include the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, the inaugural Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab (USA), Bang on a Can Summer Festival (USA), Darmstadt International Festival for New Music (DE), Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and the 2015 Australian Flute Festival, performing as a soloist in the Australian premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino's 'Il Cerchio dei Suoni'. In 2017, she was a finalist for the Classical Freedman Fellowship.
Tamara performs regularly with Victorian Opera and has appeared with other notable ensembles such as Speak Percussion, Kupka’s Piano and the Omega Ensemble. She has held multiple artistic residencies at the Banff Centre (CAN) and is a two-time Classical Freedman Fellowship Nominee.
Tamara is an alumnus of the Australian National Academy of Music and completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the University of Melbourne. Her teachers have included Mardi McSullea, Virginia Taylor and Jocelyn Edey-Fazzone.
Tamara has also studied internationally throughout Italy, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden as a recipient of the Skills and Development Grant from the Australian Council for the Arts. In 2016, Tamara will conduct further study in Berlin and Malmo, as a recipient of the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Traveling Scholarship.
Aside from her chief projects as a classical musician, Tamara also enjoys working with musicians and artists of other genres. Most recently, she recorded flute, piccolo and alto-flute on Packwood’s debut album ‘Vertumnus’. She has performed live with The Raah Project, Mietta and Philharmonia Australia with Olivia Newton John and John Farnham. Tamara is a blog contributor for CutCommon: The New Generation of Classical Music and has recently launched her own podcast series, MythirdEar.