Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Tanya Blaich made her concerto debut with the Washington-Idaho Symphony at age 15. In addition to recent North American performances in Alice Tully Hall, NEC's Jordan Hall, and the Banff Centre for the Arts, Blaich has performed extensively in recital halls in Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Poland, and France. She has performed for the Piatigorsky outreach program in New England, and has been heard on WGBH, Austrian National Radio, and the WCRB Radio Performance Series.
Blaich is currently on the faculty at New England Conservatory as a member of the collaborative piano and voice departments, and was director of the Undergraduate Opera Studio from 2006 to 2009. As a guest artist, she has recently given recitals and masterclasses at Dickinson, Dartmouth, and Atlantic Union Colleges, Columbia University, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and has also performed with members of the Lydian String Quartet at the Emmanuel Music Schumann Series in Boston, and at Brandeis University. Most recently, Blaich appeared with members of the Miro and Colorado Quartets, as well as soprano Sari Gruber at the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival. In Vienna, Blaich coached and accompanied for Kammersaengerin Hilde Roessel Majdan's voice studio at the Goethe Conservatory, and also coached voice students at the Performing Arts Studio Vienna.
Tanya Blaich attended the University Paris-Sorbonne, and graduated from Walla Walla College with high honors, studying humanities, French, and music. After earning her diploma with distinction from the Vienna Conservatory in vocal accompaniment and chamber music, she completed both her M.M. and D.M.A. from New England Conservatory. She was the recipient of the Hannah Adler Scholarship in Vienna, and the Natica Righter Williams Endowed Scholarship at NEC. Blaich has worked with such distinguished artists as Walter Berry, Thomas Quasthoff, Gundula Janowitz, and Norbert Brainin among others. In collaboration with baritone Klemens Geyerhofer, Blaich won the top prize at the 2000 Robert Schumann Competition in Germany.
Studies at Walla Walla College, University Paris-Sorbonne; Diploma, Vienna Conservatory; M.M, D.M.A., New England Conservatory.
Photo by Andrew Hurlbut