Tamas Vesmas



Tamas Vesmas was born in Romania and began studying piano and composition under Professor Ella Phillipp at the age of ten. His career as a soloist began at the age of fourteen with recitals and appearances with leading symphony orchestras throughout Romania. He continued his studies at the Bucharest Music Academy where he became a pupil of Florica Musicescu, Dinu Lipatti’s teacher.

In 1962, he won the National Competition for Young Soloists in Bucharest before studying in Paris with Yvonne Lefébure and Monique de la Bruchollerie, both Professors at the Paris Conservatoire.

He went on to win numerous prizes at international piano competitions and in 1968 he was awarded the Gold Medal at the International Competition Claude Debussy in Paris. He was afterwards invited to become an Assistant Professor at the Music Academy in Bucharest.

Vesmas was until recently a long time Professor of Piano Studies and Chamber Music, as well as the Head of Keyboard Studies, at the School of Music, University of Auckland, New Zealand. After 25 years of music activity in New Zealand, Tamas Vesmas decided to return to Europe and settled in Paris at the end of 2008. As a freelance musician he is now expanding his musical career in Europe and the rest of the world by playing concerts and teaching in masterclass situations. Invited often to various international piano competitions, he has served as Chairman of the Rome Competition (Italy) and the Ella Phillipp International Piano Concerto Competition in Timisoara.

As a concert pianist, soloist and conductor, Tamas Vesmas has performed in many of the world's major venues, including London (Queen Elizabeth Hall’s South Bank Piano Recital Series and the Wigmore Hall) and Paris (Théatre des Champs-Elysées and the Salle Chopin-Pleyel). His reputation extends across more than twenty five countries, including England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Romania, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Thailand, South Africa, Israel, Australia, USA, Japan, etc.

He has played with such orchestras as BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Ulster Orchestra, London Mozart Players, the Solistes de Paris, l'Orchestre National de Lille, l'Orchestre Philharmonique des Pays de la Loire, l'Orchestre Philharmonique. de Montpellier, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. etc., and under such conductors as Simon Rattle, Jean-Claude Casadessus, Janos Fürst, Harry Blech, Kurt Redel, Carlo Zecchi, Mark Elder, Erich Bergel, etc.

Tamas Vesmas is regularly invited to play at European festivals, and his extensive chamber music experience has included partnerships with Nathan Milstein, György Pauk, Boris Belkin, Mark Lubotsky, Cho-Liang Lin, Boris Bermann, Peter Frankl, Heinz Holliger, Alexander Ivashkin, etc.

He has recorded for 'ARS Studiofrance', Kiwi/Pacific Records (Prize winning Brahms Album), and Ode Records labels.